Common Name: Bear's breeches
The word Acanthus is derived from the ancient Greek for prickle; a reference to the spiny leaves.
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Has interesting foliage, A good architectural plant
|Hardiness: Hardy||Height: 1.50 m (150 cm)|
|Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shade||Spread: 0.90 m (90 cm)|
|Foliage Type: Semi Evergreen||Flower Colour: Purple, White|
|Foliage Colour: Green||Flowering Period: August|
Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Clay/Heavy
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained
This is a fantastic architectural plant thatís justifiably popular. It is semi-evergreen and produces enormous jagged deep green glossy leaves up to 90cm long. In mid-summer spectacular spikes of white flowers with purple hoods shoot up from the foliage and last for several weeks. It thrives best in dappled shade and although it will take full sun the leaves may scorch. Plant it en-masse under trees or as a specimen plant in a mixed border and give it plenty of room to spread out.
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 the Autumn or Spring.