Anisacanthus thurberi (Torr.) A. Gray
Thurber's Desert Honeysuckle, Chuparosa, Desert Honeysuckle
Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family)
Synonym(s): Drejera thurberi
USDA Symbol: anth2
Thurberís 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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Fruit Type: Capsule
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Orange
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Rarely flowers again in the fall.
DistributionUSA: AZ , 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 DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Texas Discovery Gardens - Dallas, TX
Web ReferenceWebref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Anisacanthus thurberi in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Anisacanthus thurberi in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Anisacanthus thurberi
MetadataRecord Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: TWC Staff