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Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'

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Key information

Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'

Plant details

This handsome perennial bears white flowers with pink-shaded bracts on upright spikes. It's a striking presence in the garden, adding form and structure to planting schemes. The leaves of Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’ are splashed with white and have bold margins.

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Acanthus

Species: mollis

Cultivar: Whitewater

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

Flowering period: March to April

Reader reviews


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


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.


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.

Nicky Nicky

Its a pretty plant but very invasive! once you plant it and its established its not going anywhere else apart from up.

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