Acanthus spinosus

(Bear's Breeches, spiny)


$14.99


Hardiness Zones:

 5a  5b  6a  6b  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Acanthus spinosus commonly called bear’s breeches is a clump-forming perennial which is grown as much for its attractive foliage as for its architecturally bold flower spikes. Features pure white, snapdragon-like flowers enclosed (hooded and subtended) by spiny, reddish-purple bracts and arranged in vertical rows on substantial flower spikes which rise well above the foliage mound to 3-4′ tall. Blooms from late spring into mid summer. Deeply-cut, arching, glossy green, spiny, thistle-like leaves (2-3′ long) form an ornamental mound of long-stalked, basal foliage which usually remains attractive throughout the growing season.

Description

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils except poorly-drained ones. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates.

Additional information

Common Name

Bear's Breeches, spiny

Botanical Name

Acanthus spinosus

Container/Amount

1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous

Evergreen

Hardiness Zone

5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Light Requirements

Part-shade, Part-sun, Sun

Height

3 to 4'

Width

2 to 3'

Soil Condition

Well-drained

Water Needs

Average

Blooming Period

May-July

Flower Color

Mauve

Fragrance

No

Foliage Color

green

Deer Resistant

Yes

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