Anisacanthus wrightii (Acanthaceae)
Hummingbirds and butterflies adore the little lipstick-red tubular flowers of Anisacanthus. Finely branching form with narrow glossy-green leaves creates a bushy, airy texture. This TX native grows best in well-drained soil and full sun, but can also take bright shade. A fast-growing woody shrub, up to 6' if it doesn't freeze back; expect a shorter plant with some die-back most winters in zones 7 or 8. Fantastic for xeric gardens, patio containers, or any sunny well-drained spot. Cut back in early spring for bushier plants with more flowers. Its long season of bloom will supply nectar for your garden critters through summer and into fall. A little-known gem for southern gardeners. (AKA Flame Acanthus.)
Bloom color: red
Bloom period: mid-summer
Container size: Qt.