Acanthus mollis

Botanical Name: Acanthus mollis

Phonetic: uh-KAN-thus mole-iss

Common Name(s): Bear’s Breech

Family: Acanthaceae
Origin: Southern Europe, northwestern Africa
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Persistence: Evergreen

Leaf Type: Simple
Number of Leaflets:
Leaf Color: Glossy dark green
Fall Color: –
Texture: Coarse
Density: Dense
Bloom Season: June/July
Flower Color(s): White (sometimes pink)

Exposure: Full sun to part shade, full shade
USDA: 7-10
Growth Rate: Can be invasive            
Height: 3-5 Feet
Spread: 2-3 Feet
Hydrozone: Medium
Pest/Diseases: Snails and slugs
Soil: Needs well-drained soil, average, fertile, medium-moisture soil

Maintenance: Medium maintenance, remove flowering stalks after bloom, too much shade can inhibit flowering

Features: Showy flowers, thorns, showy leaves, name comes from “spine”
Uses: Specimen, small groupings, borders of formal gardens, filler, woodland garden

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