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Acanthus spinosus

Spiny Bear's Breaches

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height0.9m to 1.3m
  • Spread0.4m to 0.65m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourWhite purple
  • Leaf ColourGlossy green shades

Description

Acanthus spinosus (Spiny Bear's Breaches). This species of Acanthus has large deeply divided, glossy, spiny, dark green leaves. In early summer to early autumn, tubular, white and purple flower spikes, up to 1.2m high are borne.

Characteristics

Perennial, Deciduous, Fragrant

Other common names

Armed Bear's Breaches

Origin

Italy - W. Turkey

Interest and use

Borders, bedding plants, ground cover. Summer interest.

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Needs

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

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

Divide clumps in autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

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

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