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Acanthus mollis

For sale by Caroline Pollard

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very vigorous and spreading. handsome architectural foliage and flowers

Pot SizeTotal Price
5 litres

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Common names

Bear's breeches, Brank-ursine


Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches). This is a large ornamental plant with glossy dark green leaves, which has a tropical appearance. The flowers are purple and white, borne on long spikes in late summer to mid autumn.


This perennial prefers cool moist soil, but tolerates sunny and dry conditions. It is more of a woodland plant than other acanthuses, and grows well in a sheltered spot. This species should be planted where its rampant growth can be confined.

Interest and use

Ground cover, dried arrangements, borders. Summer interest. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Italics = data drawn from parent genus or species

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Acanthus mollis | Ripley, Derbyshire, DE5 | Copyright Greenplantswap 2020
  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Loamy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

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