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Acanthus mollis


Acanthus mollis is a dramatic architectural plant with large, glossy, mid-green leaves and 3-4 foot tall flower spikes.

Acanthus mollis is a dramatic architectural plant from both sides of the Mediterranean with large, glossy, mid-green leaves and strong upright flower spikes 3-4 feet tall of white flowers with dusty purple bracts. The leaves were frequently used by the Greeks who adorned many of their sculptures and buildings with representations of Acanthus. Evergreen in mild winters, especially if protected by overhanging trees or large shrubs. Tolerant of dry shade.

Common Name: Bear's Breeches

Family: Acanthaceae (The Acanthus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Purple

Secondary Bloom Colour: White

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Sheltered, Mediterranean woodlands in deep moist soil.


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Europe and Africa - North Africa

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