Flame acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrafidus var. wrightii


Flame acanthus is a small deciduous shrub native to dry habitats of southwest Texas and Northern Mexico. Moisture conditions regulates its size; more water results in larger plants with an upright habit 3-4 ft. tall and as wide. A showy display of brilliant orange-red flowers occur in early spring. Nurseries most often grow cultivars including A. q. var. wrightii ‘Mexican Fire’ that grow 4-5 ft. tall, have larger leaves and red flowers.

Flame acanthus is a colorful addition to southwestern style landscapes where its bright flowers creates a lot of attention. It grows best in well drained soils, in sunny locations and with limited summer irrigation. By late fall it drops its leaves and is sparse in character; heavy pruning is recommended to stimulate robust spring growth and flowering value.

Plant Type: Shrub
Foliage Character: Evergreen
Habit: Upright
Growth Rate: Fast
Foliage Color: Medium green
Flower Color: Red, Orange
Flower Season: Spring
Soil Adaptations: Well-draining soil, Clay
Exposure Adaptations: Heat, Drought, Aridity, All day sun
Function: Hummingbird plant, Flowering accent plant, Borders
Height: 3 ft. – 4 ft.
Width: 3 ft. – 4 ft.