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Acanthus mollis

Bear's breeches

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour

White

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Beginner

photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (24208)

Plant details

This handsome perennial has deeply lobed, dark green, shiny leaves. In late summer, it bears white flowers with purple-shaded bracts on 90cm (3ft) purple-tinted spikes. It cuts a striking figure in the garden, adding form and structure to planting schemes.

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Acanthus

Species: mollis

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 150cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to April

Time to divide plants: September to February


Reader reviews

kia-cat

planted up some seeds of this earlier this year [about May 09]. No sign of any growing shoots. Are they slow germinators?


22433

I planted some seeds of this in early April, i bought the seeds from Italy and they have just germinated so I'm really pleased and excited. I hope to have some strong healthy plants from them ready for flowering next year.


POSTIANO3-50

My acanthus plant 3 years old seed from Greece. Had fantastic green leaves,now they are covered in like a grey powder. Anyone tell me why and what to do. Did not have this trouble last year.


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