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Flame Acanthus

Flame Acanthus, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

Flame Acanthus gets its name from the vibrant red/orange flower blooms that appear from mid-summer until frost. It is a deciduous small shrub that is hardy in Zone 8, and root hardy in Zone 7. It will grow to be 3 to 4 feet wide with a height up to 5 feet.  This Texas native is adaptable to sunny, well drained places throughout the state. It is drought tolerant, very high heat tolerant, as well as attractive to butterflies. The Flame Acanthus thrives in both full sun and in partial shade and does well in a xeric landscape.

This Texas native has very small water requirements and is a common sight in places like Edwards Platueau or similar places with rocky banks and locations with poor soils and have issues with reflected heat.

Flame Acanthus, Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii was named after Charles Wright, a botanical collector in Texas from 1837-1852. 

Creekside Nursery grows Flame Acanthus in a 3 gallon container.