Anisacanthus caudrifidus var wrightii ‘Benny’s Gold’

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Plant Information:

Botanical Name:  Anisacanthus caudrifidus var wrightii ‘Benny’s Gold’

Common Name: Benny's Gold Hummingbird Shrub

Family: Acanthaceae

Origin: SW US

Type: Perennial

Size: 36"h x 40"w

Exposure: Sun

Zones: Zone 6-10

Butterflies: Yes

Hummingbirds: Yes

Container Size: Large Pot Band

Hummingbird Shrubs are fantastic plants for Oklahoma. Tough and drought-tolerant, their flowers are full of nectar for butterflies and hummingbirds. I call them woody perennials or die-back shrubs, meaning they have somewhat woody stems but behave like perennials here in our state. For years we’ve grown and offered the orange/red-orange form here at the nursery. So now we are glad to have another color choice. Benny’s Gold is named for legendary Texas plantsman, Benny Simpson and has blooms that are a golden-yellow to golden-orange color. We think this uncommon selection is quite striking. Hummingbird Shrubs aren’t fed upon by deer and tolerate many soil types. We cut them back nearly to the ground each year in early March.