Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’

(Bear's Breeches, Variegated)


Hardiness Zones:

 10a  7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

Leaves with white shades look like waves of clean, clear water. Pink and cream flower stalks are showy and last throughout the entire summer. Make a statement in the border or shade garden with this bold selection. Winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-10 where it is easily grown in average, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Plants tolerate a wide range of soils except poorly-drained ones. Plants may not flower well in too much shade. Late spring frosts can impair or eliminate flowering for the year. Remove flowering stalks after bloom. In cold winter areas, plant foliage should be left in place over winter but removed in early spring as new foliage appears. Plants can spread aggressively by creeping rootstocks, particularly in loose soils. Unwanted spread can be addressed by root barriers. Plants generally spread less in the northern parts of their growing range.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

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Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear’s breeches, is a clump-forming perennial that is grown as much for its attractive foliage as for its architecturally bold flower spikes. It is native to the Mediterranean region. Creamy white (sometimes pink) snapdragon-like flowers, each hooded and subtended by spiny reddish-purple bracts, bloom in late spring to midsummer in vertical rows on substantial flower spikes that rise well above the foliage mound to 3-5? tall. Deeply lobed, soft-spiny, glossy, dark green leaves (to 2′ long) form a mound of basal foliage. Foliage is mostly evergreen in warm winter climates, but plants lose their leaves when winter temperatures dip below 20 degrees F.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Gardens Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Bear's Breeches, Variegated

Botanical Name

Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'


1 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

10a, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Part-shade, Shade


to 4 ft.


2 to 4 ft.

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period


Flower Color

pink and cream



Foliage Color

Variegated green/white

Deer Resistant


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