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Thurber's desert honeysuckle

The Thurber's desert honeysuckle (Anisacanthus thurberi)

is a small frost hardy perennial evergreen shrub with a flowering period in mid Spring. It grows well in semi-shade, and prefers low levels of water. This plant requires a minimum of 210 frost free days to grow successfully. It has high drought tolerance.


Anisacanthus thurberi grows in soils ranging from a pH of 6.4 (slightly acidic ranges from 6.1 to 6.5) to 8.4 (alkaline ranges from 8.1 to 8.5). It is adapted to silt, loam, clay loam, silt loam, sandy loam, silty clay loam and sandy clay loam soils, and prefers low fertility.


This is a rounded shrub has a moderate rate of growth and has a multiple stem growth form, and has an ultimate height of 1.4m / 4.6ft.

Height at ...

  • 20 years 1.2m / 3.9ft


It has green leaves.


Hedge (medium).

Fruit and seed

There is a medium fruit/seed abundance beginning in Summer and ending in Autumn.


Propagation techniques include bare root, container and seed.

-3°C / 26.6F 6.4 to 8.4 1.4m / 4.6ft
Scientific classifications [Edit]
Genus ? Anisacanthus
Specific epithet ? thurberi
Common names
Thurber's desert honeysuckle (United States)
IPNI details on Anisacanthus thurberi
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