Hummingbird Bush, Flame Acanthus, Wright Anisacanth, Muicle
Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Anisacanthus (uh-niss-uh-KAN-thus) (Info)
Species: quadrifidus var. wrightii
Synonym:Anisacanthus wrightii
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)

Spacing:

36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)

USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:

Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:

Red

Orange

Bloom Time:

Mid Summer

Late Summer/Early Fall

Mid Fall

Blooms repeatedly

Foliage:

Deciduous

Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

From semi-hardwood cuttings

Seed Collecting:

Allow pods to dry on plant; break open to collect seeds

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

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Tucson, Arizona

Sacramento, California

Temecula, California

Brooksville, Florida

Cape Coral, Florida

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Gainesville, Florida

Pensacola, Florida

Riverview, Florida

Sorrento, Florida

Wellborn, Florida

West Palm Beach, Florida

Yulee, Florida

Cordele, Georgia

Hebron, Kentucky

New Iberia, Louisiana

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Flora Vista, New Mexico

La Luz, New Mexico

Las Cruces, New Mexico

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Holly Springs, North Carolina

Raleigh, North Carolina

Swansboro, North Carolina

Washington, North Carolina

Greenville, South Carolina

Okatie, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Abilene, Texas

Aledo, Texas

Alvin, Texas

Arlington, Texas

Austin, Texas (2 reports)

Belton, Texas

Boerne, Texas

Copperas Cove, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Desoto, Texas

El Paso, Texas

Flint, Texas

Fort Worth, Texas (4 reports)

Frisco, Texas

Georgetown, Texas (2 reports)

Groesbeck, Texas

Houston, Texas (2 reports)

Hurst, Texas

Irving, Texas

Jacksonville, Texas (2 reports)

Lake Jackson, Texas

Lampasas, Texas

Llano, Texas

Mc Kinney, Texas

Mcallen, Texas

Mexia, Texas

New Braunfels, Texas

New Caney, Texas

Rosenberg, Texas

Rowlett, Texas

San Antonio, Texas (7 reports)

Spring, Texas

Spring Branch, Texas

Van Alstyne, Texas

Willis, Texas

Zapata, Texas

Stafford, Virginia

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Gardeners' Notes:

9
positives
1
neutral
1
negative
RatingContent
Neutral

On Nov 23, 2014, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:

It's an alright shrub. It just looks very weedy, in my opinion, with uninteresting, light green leaves, and the flowers are small and non-showy. So I ended up hacking out most of it, leaving a few spare stalks just because I didn't want to completely banish it. The stalks are extremely fragile and fibrous, seemingly shattering off if one so much as looks at the plant wrong.
By the way, this site says it's hardy to 0 F, but mine just got all its leaves melted to brown mush by our 28 freeze the other night. Another strike against this plant.

Positive

On Nov 9, 2014, TejasMe from Llano, TX wrote:

This Flame Acanthus (Hummingbird Plant), along with the Firecracker
Plant (Anisacanthus quadrifidus) has brought bees back to my garden! I love it! I had planted 2 beds with plants from 'big box' stores which I am told are treated with insecticide - I had not seen a bee for a while. So I planted this other bed with plants from a reputable nursery and now have bees, hummingbirds, & butterflies again! :-) Now I have 30! baby Flame Acanthus potted & in my little hothouse (ready for predicted freeze next week), but am unsure of watering for those babies in pots. They did not look very happy yesterday :-\

Positive

On Mar 29, 2013, jlsdaisies from el paso, tx
United States wrote:

I love my anisacanthus! I took some new plants from my grandmother's garden last fall. I wasn't sure they would make it after our freezes in the winter but within the last week they've gone crazy. I can't wait for them to bloom to bring out the hummingbirds.

Positive

On Sep 16, 2012, whenpigsfly from Willis, TX wrote:

This plant isn't showy, but bees, hummingbirds and butterflies love it. Give it plenty of space to spread out...I put mine in a huge (20") pot in the spring. Since then, the plant has tripled in size, and the roots fill the pot. I'm going to transplant it into a whiskey barrel. Cuttings I took in the Spring are rootbound in qt containers; those will go into the ground

Negative

On May 30, 2011, devonhull from Lake Jackson, TX (Zone 9b) wrote:

It spread to at least twice the original planting area by 100s of seedlings. I dug it up and threw it out. It seemed invasive to me. Flowers are very small and not very interesting.

Positive

On Oct 23, 2010, KristinaNM from Las Cruces, NM wrote:

Native desert shrub to Southern New Mexico, Central Southwestern Texas, and Arizona.

Positive

On Mar 15, 2010, BajaBlue from Rancho Santa Rita, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Hummingbird Bush is native of Mexico and Texas is a delight for hummingbirds. Its a small, spreading shrub with orangish-red tubular
flowers from mid-July or August ( earlier in the southern states,) until frost.

Hummingbird Bush is suited to a wide variety of soils, including poor soils, and is drought and heat tolerant.

Positive

On Oct 5, 2009, mswestover from Yulee, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

I purchased three little ones last spring so now in their second year they are 3' X 3'. Hummingbirds do love them. They get watered when it rains.

Positive

On Mar 9, 2006, SisterClay from Hurst, TX (Zone 7b) wrote:

I love this plant! I planted it in the fall from a little 4 inch pot. When it grew back in the spring, it was huge. It grew to about a 6 foot spread by 3 feet tall. I was also pleasently suprised to look out my window one day to see a hummingbird feeding on it.

It did produce at least 1 new plant the following fall which I dug up and planted in another part of the garden.

Positive

On Aug 24, 2004, frostweed from Josephine, Arlington, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

I love this plant, and so do the hummingbirds. It blooms all summer even in
part shade, and can take the heat with no problem.
I do not have any trouble with it overpopulating and I would not mind having many of them. They are beautiful and easy to root, blooming through the hottest part of summer.
This plant is endemic to Texas and one of my favorite shrubs.

Positive

On Aug 23, 2004, GardenQuiltLady from New Braunfels, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:

Every garden should have one Flame acanthus, and only one! Seedlings pop up everywhere in the yard propogated by birds, wind, etc. Hummingbird magnet. Blooms summer through first frost. I never, ever water mine. Do not plant with intentions of containing it to one area.