Flame acanthus (anisacanthus quadrifidus var. Wrightii) is one of the Texas natives that thrives and blooms throughout our hot summer months. It is also called Butterfly Bush.It just keeps blooming and blooming, and producing lots of seeds.
Some of the details:
- Height 3′-4′ (mine is 6′)
- Considered a shrub
- Spacing between 3′-4′
- Zones: 7 – 10
- Sun to Partial Shade (handles So. Texas summer sun well!)
- Blooms Red or Orange
- Blooms summer to late fall
- Beneficial to bees, butterflies, hummingbirds
- Requires very little water
- Drought tolerant
- Propagate from softwood cuttings or seed
- Reseeds itself very easilyIt does self seed very easily. That is good along our fence line to help see the deer out, but there are places they come up that I don’t necessarily want them, so I either dig them and pot them up for a plant swap or move them to a place I do want them.
In the winter you can cut them back half-way, all the way or not at all. It is up to you. The acanthus in the photos above (with the cat) was in its second year and it was cut back to the ground mid-winter.
It is a great native plant to have around. The hummingbirds and butterflies enjoy it all summer long.
Do you have something in your yard the blooms from Spring to Fall?