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I have inherited my garden with a big acanthus that seems to be spreading and sprouting up anywhere it can. How and when do I take care of the sprouting? I guess I did it at the wrong time this year as there are plenty of beautiful leaves, but no flowers so far.
I like the plant, but don't want it to take over my entire small garden.
Thanks
Trui

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  • Posted: Mon. 3rd October 2011 11:16

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Reply from Kathy C

Hi, Trui,
I see Acanthus as a blessing and a bit of a curse - it can be very invasive in the right conditions, sprouting from the tiniest bit of root left in the ground. You can remove the small sprouts any time - best to keep up with it to keep it under control - and try to dig out any bits of roots that remain in the ground in areas you don't want it to grow. As far as it flowering, check it out here on Shoot to make sure it is in the best spot. Though it tolerates shade, it will flower best if it gets more sun.
Kathy C

  • Posted: Mon. 3rd October 2011 18:57