Flame Acanthus

Flame AcanthusWright Anisacanth

Flame Acanthus, Muicle

Anisacanthus quadrifidus (Vahl) Nees var. wrightii (Torr.) Henrickson

Whole plant

Family : Acanthaceae

Longevity : Perennial

Origin : Native

Season : Warm

Wright Anisacanth is an upright shrub reaching a height of two to four feet. It can be found growing along streams and in dry arroyos of the southern-most edge of the Edwards Plateau area. The 1 1/2 inch trumpet-like flowers are bright orange to red and are found on terminal spikes. The lance-shaped leaves are between 3/4 to 2 1/4 inches in length. The stem has two lines of soft hairs between each pair of leaves. From June to August Wright Anisacanth flowers attract hummingbirds making it a popular plant for xeriscaping. It is sometimes eaten by livestock. Mexican Indians would use various parts of this plant as a remedey for colic.

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