Botanical Name: Anisacanthus quadrifidus v. wrightii
Common Name: Mexican Flame?  
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Water Saving Tip:

Even during our hottest months we don't need to water daily.

Give your plants a chance to breathe.

Water late at night or in the early morning hours to avoid losses to wind and evaporation.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type



Height Range



Flower Color

Orange, Red


Flower Season

Summer, Fall


Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



Low, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Sandy, Clay, Loam, Rocky, Unparticular


Soil Condition

Average, Poor, Well-drained


Soil pH

Neutral, Basic


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Ranch, Spanish


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Showy Flowers


Seasonal Interest

Summer, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, With Rocks


Special Uses

Mass Planting, Naturalizing


Attracts Wildlife

Birds, Hummingbirds

Information by: George Hull MSN
Photographer: Mountain States Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Medium sized deciduous shrub grows at a moderate rate to 3' x 4'. Cadmium red tubular flowers midsummer thru fall. Needs good drainage. Not attractive in winter. In full sun, can be a very showy addition to summer color. Late winter cut to ground for clean regrowth. Hummer & butterfly attractor. Has a long foliage & blooming season when nothing else is blooming in mid summer. Native to the Chihuahuan Desert.
Frost tolerant to 5 F.