Flame Acanthus

Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii

Texas Firecracker Plant, Wright Anisacanthus, Hummingbird Bush

About This Plant

Sun or partial shade. A deciduous shrub with thin leaflets on rangy stems. The orange tubeflowers are made-to-order for hummingbirds, butterflies and bees; they festoon the branches like tiny candles all summer long. Anisacanthus reseeds freely and fairly aggressively; if you need plants that stay put, this isn’t one of them. That said, it’s an excellent choice for wildscapes or just for pure mass in new landscaping, especially in the thin dry soils of northwest Bexar County.

Origins: Texas and Mexico


Anisacanthus needs no irrigation or special attention. It can be cut back in winter to keep a compact shape.

A humble subshrub with tiny orange tubeflowers throughout the warm season.

Min. Height: 3'

Max Height: 6 feet'

Min. Width: 4'

Max Width: 6 feet'

Share This Plant Page: