Posted: 04/06/2012 at 19:28
@Inkadog, yes, Acanthus Mollis although I think they should rename Acanthus Herculean. I have two and am presently propagating a third.
Some good things about this plant are: they are tough as old boots that will grow in shade or sun, with more architectural worth than a Gothic graveyard, but in my small knowledge a word of warning to avoid the hottest part of the day as they flop or wilt in intense heat regardless of soil moisture. Both mine unfortunately suffer this syndrome due to ignorance on my part, although it does the plant no actual harm. They recover just as soon as the sun moves on. If you can get early or late sun with midday shade, I think the plant will take over the world.
They are extremely invasive both by seeds and roots, popping up babies a plenty that grow extremely fast with long tap roots, so location should be wisely chosen. (dead heading will help)
They will live for decades and are difficult to get rid of if you know what I mean , my original plant is certainly @ten years and recovering nicely from its weak spring growth, I suspect it was a tad hungry.
They are semi evergreen in that they can take a bit of a bash from bad weather and light frosts, but the snow will flatten them, although there is something cathartic about watching the beast rise again.