Anisacanthus quadrifidus var. wrightii (Hummingbird Bush)
Also known as Flame Acanthus.
Hummingbird bush is a well-rounded shrub that has a lot to offer. Its bright red blooms are prized by hummingbirds, and heat doesn’t bother it once it is established. It grows quickly and likes to spread, so give it plenty of room to grow and provide occasional shearing. A versatile shrub, hummingbird bush will tolerate light shade but blooms best in sunny spots. Use it as an anchor plant or make it a part of a perennial bed.
AT A GLANCE
|Sun exposure||Full to part sun|
|Bloom color||Red, orange|
|Bloom time||Summer, fall|
|Mature height||3-4 ft|
|Mature spread||3-4 ft|
|Host plant||Janais patch butterfly, Texan crescent butterfly, Crimson Patch butterfly, Elada Checkerspot butterfly|