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Carlowrightia arizonica

Carlowrightia arizonica A. Gray

Arizona Wrightwort, Arizona Carlowrightia

Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)


USDA Symbol: CAAR7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Subshrub , Shrub
Leaf Arrangement: Opposite
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear , Oblong
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Spike
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: 2-3 feet in height and width.
Leaf: Leaves oblong to linear-lanceolate, to 3 cm. long and 4 mm. wide, acuminate. (Webref 1).
Flower: Flowers white with yellow throat bordered with purple streaks.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: Flower is about 1 inch, white with keel petal tinged yellow and two upper petals fused with yellow throat bordered with purplish streaks.


Native Distribution: Texas, Arizona, California and adjacent northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky, dry soil on hillsides and mesa tops.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Heat Tolerant: yes


Attracts: Birds , Butterflies


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Web Reference

Webref 1 - Texas Native Shrubs (2002) Texas A&M University Agriculture Program and Leslie Finical, Dallas Arboretum

Additional resources

USDA: Find Carlowrightia arizonica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Carlowrightia arizonica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Carlowrightia arizonica


Record Modified: 2012-09-07
Research By: JAM

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