Latin name: Acanthus mollis
Description: These beauties are grown for their dramatic foliage and handsome upright flower spikes that fit in well with exotic style gardening. Acanthus mollis is a stately, semi-evergreen perennial with long deeply toothed, soft spined, glossy bright green leaves up to 60cm long by 30cm wide. Spikes of funnel-shaped white flowers, flushed light purple are borne in summer. Acanthus spinosus has more spiky foliage but equally attractive.
Position: Full sun to dappled shade
Soil: well drained, humus rich soil
Water: Drought tolerant once established
Usage: Gives a very lush feel to the garden, where you want blocks of green suffused with handsome flower spikes