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Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches)

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2 hours care
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Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Acanthus mollis

Other names: Bear's breeches, Brank ursine, Common bear's breech, Soft-leaved bear's breeches

Genus: Acanthus

Species: A. mollis - A. mollis is a clump-forming perennial with shiny, deeply lobed, dark green leaves and erect racemes of white flowers with purple bracts borne on purple-tinted stems in late summer.

Acanthus mollis is: Deciduous

Flower: Purple, White in Spring; Purple, White in Summer

Foliage: Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

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Pests: Generally pest free

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Cut down old flower stems.. REGISTER to

Propagation: Propagate by sowing seed in spring or by root cuttings in winter. The easiest way is to divide the roots at any time between autumn and early spring.. REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division, Root cuttings. REGISTER to

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Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean

Cultivation: Prefers deep, fertile, well-drained loam but tolerate most soils. Drought tolerant once established.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun, Partial Shade

Aspect: North, South, East, West

Exposure: Exposed, Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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