Acanthus montanus

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 Acanthus montanus subsp. var.  Mountain thistle
Acanthus montanus
Habit: herbaceous
Height: to
Width: to
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Width: 3 ft to 7 ft
Lifespan: perennial
Origin: W Trop. Africa
Bloom: early summer, mid summer, late summer
Features: flowers, ground cover
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USDA Zones: 10 to 11
Sunset Zones:
Flower features: red, pink, white
Acanthaceae > Acanthus montanus var. ,

Acanthus montanus is a thinly branched perennial (that you may want to confine) with basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped, glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 in cm long. Leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It reaches up to 6 ft m tall and about 24 in cm wide. Spikes of pale pink flowers appear summer to fall. Cut back flower stalks after flowering, leaving foliage. Divide foliage from October to March. It prefers shady situations and occasional deep watering, but tolerates sunny, dry situations too. Its aggressive roots make this plant perfect for slopes.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Acanthus montanus, T. Anders. Lvs. pinnatifid or sinuate-spinose, 1 ft. or more long, olive-green, the lobes spine- pointed: fls. rosy white in a long spike. Trop. Afr.- Greenhouse. CH

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