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Acanthus dioscoridis

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Features

  • BloomsMay to August
  • Height0.2m to 0.4m
  • Spread0.7m to 1m
  • Speed of GrowthFast
  • Growth HabitRosette or Stalked clump
  • Flower ColourPurplish pink
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Acanthus dioscoridis. An upright, architectural plant with oval, rigid and deeply incised basal leaves and hairy stems. Sepals are a soft green. Large, funnel-shaped pink flowers are bourne in the summer.

Characteristics

Perennial, Shrub

Origin

Turkey, Lebanon, Iraq, W. Iran

Interest and use

Grown for its habit, foliage and flowers.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Loamy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterDry

Cultivation

Protect crowns in first winter after planting. Long, thong-like roots make plants difficult to eradicate if wrongly placed. Keep watered in dry periods.

Propagation

By seed or division in early autumn or spring. Take root cuttings in the winter.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Powdery mildew may be a problem and also snails and caterpillars may damage new growth.

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