Anisacanthus quadrifidus ‘Mexican Flame’ a hardy, deciduous shrub for the Tucson and Green Valley area. At maturity, Mexican Flame reaches about 4 to 5 feet tall and wide. Winter dormancy means planting in a location where this won’t leave a bare spot, such as in combination with a ground cover that stays green all year.
A hummingbird magnet, the bright scarlet red to sometimes orange flowers appear in June and last until October or November.
Plant Mexican Flame in full sun or part shade, and provide irrigation during the hot months so it will stay green. The roots are hardy to 10 degrees, so there is no need to cover during cold weather. Maintenance is low; cutting the dead stems to the ground in the winter is an option but not necessary. Protect plants from rabbits, as they find the leaves and stems tasty.
Reference: Mountain States Wholesale Nursery and Gregg Starr Nursery Plant Info Sheet, 1999.