Anisacanthus puberulus (Dwarf desert honeysuckle)

flowers, Anisacanthus thurberi
Common Name Desert Honeysuckle, Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle, Chuparosa
Latin Name Anisacanthus thurberi
Family Acanthaceae
Sunset zones / USDA zones 8-13, 18-23, H1, H2 /
Type / Form Shrub / Medium
Native Habitat Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts above 2,400 feet
Soil Dry, decomposed granite, sand, clay loam low in organic content, well drained
Water Once or twice per month during hot dry periods
Exposure Full sun to part shade
Height X Width To 4 feet by 6 feet
Protective Mechanism None
Leaves Lanceolate, opposite, entire
Flowers Solitary, axillary; corollas 1 1/2", tubular, red to orange, irreg.; bloom Apr.-Oct. Fruit: stalked, flattened, 4-seeded capsules.  The lovely orange to red flowers superficially resemble those of honeysuckles (family Caprifoliaceae), but this plant is in the acanthus family (Acanthaceae). Members of this family are characterized by their seeds, which are borne on hooked projections.
Bark / Roots A woody shrub mostly 1 to 2 m tall. Bark of older stems turns white with stringy shreds
Maintenance Low
Propagation Seed
Pests and diseases  
Landscape uses Low maintenance, rock garden, cut flowers
Garden Suitability Butterfly, Hummingbird, Sonoran, Thornless
Nature Value Nectar favored by hummingbirds and invertebrates
Native American Uses  
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    Nursery Oak Hills Nursery, 13874 Ranchero Road, Oak Hills, 92345, 760-947-6261
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