Acanthus mollis

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 Acanthus mollis subsp. var.  Bear's Breeches
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
7ft 40in60in
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Width: 40 in to 60 in
Lifespan: perennial
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Exposure: sun, part-sun
Water: moderate, dry
Features: flowers, drought tolerant, ground cover
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USDA Zones: 6 to 10
Sunset Zones: 4-24, 28-32
Flower features: blue, purple, white
Acanthaceae > Acanthus mollis var. ,

Acanthus mollis, commonly known as Bear's Breeches, is a herbaceous perennial plant in the genus Acanthus, native to the Mediterranean region from Portugal and northwest Africa east to Croatia, and is one of the earliest cultivated species of garden plants.

It grows to 2 m tall, with basal clusters of deeply lobed and cut, shining dark green leaves up to 1 m long and 20 cm broad. The flowers are tubular, whitish, lilac or rose with spiny green or purplish bracts, and produced on stout spikes which grow up to 2.5 m (8 ft) above the leaves. It flowers in late spring or early summer. It grows in dry areas, and is tolerant of drought and shade. The plants are propagated from tubers and tend to form large, localized clumps which can survive for several decades. The leaves of this plant are generally considered by historians to have been the design inspiration for the Corinthian column capitals of Greco-Roman architecture.[1]

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Acanthus mollis, Linn. Lvs. 2x1 ft., cordate, sinuately pinnatifid, mostly radical: fls. summer; spikes loose, pubescent. —Also recommended as a window plant. Var. latifolius, Hort. (A. latifolius, Hort. A. lusitanicus, Hort.) is larger and hardier.

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Acanthus mollis calendar?
February: sow
March: divide
April: transplant
May: flowering
June: flowering
October: divide
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