I saw this plant with the lovely coral orange red flowers at the LA County Arboretum in Arcadia a few years ago. Soon after I was really happy to find it for sale in the nursery at The Huntington Library & Botanic Gardens. I've never seen it in another nursery. It's Anisacanthus quadrifidus wrightii or Flame Acanthus. It's native to the Americas, drought tolerant, likes full sun and attracts hummingbirds.I think those are all the best qualities in a plant! It grows to about 3' tall and wide. It's blooming right now and will through the summer. Research says this plant is named for Charles Wright(1811-1885), botanical collector who collected extensively in Texas, Cuba and his native Connecticut.
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