Acanthus spinosus (Bears Breeches)

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Plant Overview

Bright green, leafy perennial, fully hardy and evergreen in mild areas. Will grow to about 3-4ft tall and across. Huge spires of two-tone hooded flowers rise above spiky glossy green foliage from July to September.

Easy plant to grow. Acanthus will grow in sun or shade. This acanthus is a vigorous perennial that has a striking architectural presence - and the flowers can be used in both fresh and dried arrangements. The leaves were the source of the Corinthian leaf motif developed and used as a decoration in ancient Greek and Roman art and architecture.

Introduced to the UK from Southern Europe in 1629.

Tolerant of drought and shade.

Height: 1.2m

Common names:  Bear's breeches.





Photo: MurielBendel, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

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