Bears Britches

Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Bears Britches - Acanthus mollis
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.

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: 1.2m

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

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