|Acanthus spinosus subsp. var.|
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|Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture|
Acanthus spinosus, Linn. Lvs. lanceolate, pinnatifid, pubescent; spines short, whitish: fls. smaller than in the last, purplish, summer; spikes dense, slightly villous.CH
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Spinosissimus group (syn. Acanthus spinosissimus, Desf.) Lvs. dark green, pinnately parted; spines glistening, whitish: fls. infrequent, rosy, sessile: autumn; spikes loose, pilose or glabrescent: S. Eu. Grows 3-4 feet, ft. high: lvs. sessile, spines of the bracts recurved.
- Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture, by L. H. Bailey, MacMillan Co., 1963