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Anisacanthus thurberi (Torr.) A. Gray
Chuparosa, Desert honeysuckle, Thurber's desert honeysuckle
Synonym(s): Drejera thurberi
USDA Symbol: anth2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Thurbers desert-honeysuckle or chuparosa is a 5-8 ft. shrub with stout branches with white, exfoliating bark. Tubular red flowers, sometimes yellow or orange, are followed by a several-seeded pod.
The lovely 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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Shrub Leaf:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, NM Native Distribution:
S.w. NM, AZ
& n. Mex. Native Habitat:
Rocky banks; floodplains; 2500 to 5500 ft.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
Soil Description: Rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Bloom period is primarily in spring, but flowers will appear throughout the year, depending on available moisture.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Flowers attract hummingbirds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Texas Discovery Gardens
- Dallas, TX
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff