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Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle

Anisacanthus thurberi

Details & Attributes


Plant Type(s) Shrub, perennial
Native to Arizona Yes!
Water Needs Low-moderate
Sun Full sun, partial shade
Pollinators Hummingbirds
Has Spines No
Size
In relative feet, width by height
4 × 5
Freeze Tolerant No
Flowering Season March-June
Flower Color Orange
Minimum Temperature Range 15-20 °F
Leaf Description Simple and elipsoid, growing in bunches called whorls.
Fruit Inconspicuous.
Longevity
In years
15
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Elevation Range 2000-5000 ft.
Ethnobotany Potential use of nectar as sweetener, but no documented use.
Description Desert honeysuckle grows in desert washes, where it has become adapted to sandy soil, and that little bit of additional moisture it gets from growing near an ephemeral waterway. This shrub can be somewhat inconspicuous until it blooms at which point it becomes a real star. Hummingbirds are attracted to the trumpet like flower, and especially when grouped this species has a striking effect.