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This mystery plant has sprouted in a wild border. It's the first time I've seen it in 7 years living here.
The thick flower stem is about 4 foot high. It has wide spreading broad leaves.
It's an acanthus. Lucky old you, every store-bought one I have planted has disappeared.
Excellent - thanks! I'm tempted to expand my wild borders from now on.
It's called Bears Breeches as well - I have been given several rooted offshoots by a friend who has a really well established one and they have all reacted to my good intentions by dying immediately. She never waters hers no matter what, doesn't know what compost is and hacks bits off it if she thinks it's getting too big ... Life can be sooo unfair!