Intriguing pointed buds emerge revealing spiny, yet soft, foliage, soon stiffening up. Flowering spikes of creamy-yellow flowers, below reddish brown bracts over midsummer, from May to July.
Not a plant you will see very often but definitely deserves a spot in the garden and should be better known. Smaller than most Acanthus, so useful for a smaller garden.
Prefers a light, well drained soil, but will be happy in any soil that doesn't get waterlogged. Tolerates short periods of drought.
Photo courtesy of the Hardy Plant Society