Acanthus spinosus

Bear's breeches

Bear's breeches Detail Bear's breeches

Dramatically decorative spiny leaves in broad mounds supporting racemes of white flowers with purple bracts to 36" in July. Tolerant of wide variety of growing conditions. Reseeds readily into large colonies.

Care Instructions:
Can be grown in full sun to part shade. Prefers well–drained soil.

Notes:
The leaves are a popular classical decorative motif. Helen of Troy had a veil "fringed with acanthus" according to Virgil in the epic poem "The Aeneid".

Colors: Purple, White

Category: Perennials

Garden(s): Bosque

Family: Acanthaceae

Zones: 5,6,7,8,9

Origin of Species: Mediterranean

For Sale: No

Native New Yorker: No

Blooms: June

Height: 52"

Width: 48"

Light: Low

Moisture: Medium

Other plants in the Acanthaceae family

  • Acanthus spinosus, Bear's breeches
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  • Ruellia humilis, Wild petunia

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