Bear's breeches

Acanthus mollis

Bear's breeches - Acanthus mollis

Common Name: Bear's breeches
Genus: Acanthus
Species: mollis

The word Acanthus is derived from the ancient Greek for prickle; a reference to the spiny leaves.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: August

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

This is a fantastic architectural plant that’s justifiably popular. It is semi-evergreen and produces enormous jagged deep green glossy leaves up to 90cm long. In mid-summer spectacular spikes of white flowers with purple hoods shoot up from the foliage and last for several weeks. It thrives best in dappled shade and although it will take full sun the leaves may scorch. Plant it en-masse under trees or as a specimen plant in a mixed border and give it plenty of room to spread out.

Garden Care: To minimise the risk of powdery mildew taking hold ensure that the plant is watered well during hot dry spells. To rejuvenate and minimise congestion lift and divide large clumps in the Autumn or Spring.


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