Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'

Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'

Bear's breeches

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Flowers
Flowers
Yes
Yes

Key Information

  • Botanical name: Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'
  • Common name: Bear's breeches
  • Plant type: Perennial
  • Evergreen/Deciduous: Deciduous

Height: 1.5m

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • White
Foliage colour:
  • Green
  • Features: Attractive to wildlife, Dramatic foliage, Flowers

Advertisement

Acanthus mollis bears enormous, deeply lobed leaves, from which tall flower spikes clothed in white flowers, each with a hood-like purple bract, emerge in late summer. The flowers can be used in fresh and dried arrangements.

Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’ has dark green leaves heavily splashed with white, with bold margins. Its flowers are pink and cream-white. It's perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, particularly among bold colours, and makes striking architectural presence.

Grow Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’ in well-drained, fertile soil in partial shade. Divide congested clumps in spring or autumn.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun, Dappled shade, Partial shade
  • Aspect: North facing, East facing, South facing, West facing
  • Position in border: Middle
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy, Clay/heavy/moist, Chalky/alkaline, Acidic

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

J F M A M J J A S O N D
Sow
Sow
Yes
Yes
Plant
Plant
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes

Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

Advertisement

Find the perfect plants for your garden

Plant type
Flower colour
Sun exposure
Select all