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31/03/2014 at 18:52

Can anyone tell me what this plant is.  It has very large glossy dark green leaves.  In winter 2012/2013 it shed its leaves but has not done so this winter.  No flowers.  At the moment it is about a metre high and is almost like a tropical/jungle plant!


31/03/2014 at 19:00

That's Acanthus mollis. Mine has never looked so good in spring as it does this year

31/03/2014 at 19:02

Love it, that's now on my list.

31/03/2014 at 19:08

The nieghbour at my old house had that it always looked fab. It was huge!  I could put that down the end of the garden in front of the compost bins to hide them!! 

31/03/2014 at 19:30

I find mollis a bit course, Acanthus spinosus has a more delicate , cut foliage. Each to his own though eh? Dig up a piece of root and pot it up for a free , guaranteed cutting.

31/03/2014 at 19:34

I find it a bit shy flowering. I like the leaves this year but not the blackened mess I get at the end of some winters. When it's good it's splendid. Out of the 15 or so years it's been there it's been splendid twice

31/03/2014 at 19:34

Isn't that supposed to have flowers - in the 18 months we've lived here it hasn't flowered.  It is a great plant to cover anything!

31/03/2014 at 19:35

See my comment tabby cat

31/03/2014 at 19:48

thanks nutcutlet - we'll see if it flowers this year.  We've been fortunate to buy a house that has a large garden that has been well stocked with some lovely (and expensive) plants.

31/03/2014 at 20:27

That's a lovely thing to find with a new house

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