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Acanthus mollis

Bear's breeches

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Features

  • BloomsAugust to October
  • Height1m to 1.5m
  • Spread0.5m to 1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple and white
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green shades

Description

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.

Characteristics

Perennial, Fragrant

Other common names

Brank-ursine

Origin

S.W. Europe, N. W. Africa, Mediterranean

Interest and use

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

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessFully hardy (min -15°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Loamy
  • Soil pH6.0 to 8.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

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.

Propagation

Seeds need to be sown directly into the garden, as this perennial does not like to be replanted.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Snails and slugs.

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