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Flame Acanthus, Cohilla Honeysuckle

Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

The orange, trumpet-shaped flowers of flame acanthus serve as an attractant for butterflies and hummingbirds, while its tolerance of drought, heat, and a range of soils make it an attractive choice for people who don't want to spend their time fighting the climate of West Texas.  

(Detailed plant information can be found at the bottom of the page.)
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

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Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii Plant Information

Scientific Name: Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii
Common Name: flame acanthus

Cohilla honeysuckle
Family: Acanthaceae
Suggested Uses: perennials, beds & borders, natives
Plant Form: upright
Height: 3 - 4 feet
Spread: 3 - 5 feet
Foliage: simple leaves are long, narrow, opposite, light to medium green, and somewhat sparse

medium-textured foliage
Flower: orange, 2" trumpet-shaped flowers are mostly solitary, occasionally in spikes
Bloom Period: Summer - Fall
Sun: light shade
Water: low water requirement

Soil: prefers well-drained soil

adaptable soil range

tolerates alkaline soils
Heat Tolerance: high heat tolerance
USDA Zone: zones 7 - 10 (roots)

zones 8 - 10 (stems)
Native Range: Texas

Southwestern US

Maintenance: prune back near to ground for cold season; stems are not cold hardy

shear occasionally during growing season to combat legginess and irregular, potentially messy form

potential to self-seed
Wildlife: butterflies

Additional Notes: salt-tolerant

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