Bear's breeches

Acanthus hungaricus

Bear's breeches - Acanthus hungaricus

Common Name: Bear's breeches
Genus: Acanthus
Species: hungaricus

The word Acanthus is derived from the ancient Greek for prickle; a reference to the spiny leaves.

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 0.90 m (90 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple, White
Foliage Colour: GreenFlowering Period: May to July

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained

Prolific and easy to grow with upright flower spikes that bear white or pale pink flowers each with green or a purplish hood in summer above mounds of deeply divided foliage. The rigid habit of the flower spikes make them ideal for creating vertical interest in the herbaceous border and they also look good in more naturalistic planting schemes. Originating from open woodlands and scrub this form is more tolerant of shade than most.

Garden Care: To minimise the risk of powdery mildew taking hold ensure that the plant is watered well during hot dry spells. To rejuvenate and minimise congestion lift and divide large clumps in Autumn or Spring.


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