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Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches)

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1.5m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name: Acanthus mollis

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

Genus: Acanthus 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; White, Purple in Summer

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

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

How to care

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest free

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Cut down old flower stems.. REGISTER to read more...

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 read more...


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Where to grow

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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Botanical name: Acanthus mollis

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

Genus: Acanthus 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; White, Purple in Summer

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

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

Watch out for

Pests: Generally pest free

Specific diseases: Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning: Cut down old flower stems.. REGISTER to read more...

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 read more...


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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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July 2015

This plant took a few year to begin flowering. (16/01/2012)

(04/05/2012)

Acanthus, The Walled Garden, Ravenscourt Park, London

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How do we get rid of acanthus

We have several clumps of Acanthus in our garden and would like to get rid of them. No success in trying to dig them up as there always seems to be a tiny bit left which then grows into another plant. The roots are really deep and some seem to be amongst unmovable stones. As suggested by a local gardener we tried painting onto the leaves neat Roundup mixed with a little Fairyliquid (?!) but this only seemed to kill those particular leaves and up sprang new growth. We do not know exactly which variety of Acanthus we have - only that we want it gone. We live in Cornwall. Would appreciate any suggestions.

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Suzanne...

controling

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...

No flowers

Plenty of healthy looking green leaves but no flowers for the second year running. Any ideas , please?...

Acanthus Mollis - rotting?

The leaves appear to be rotting - yellowing with brown edges, there are a few small circular holes. Plant info says mainly pest free but our plants are far from healthy! Any ideas??...

Acanthus mollis

The leaves of this plant are generally considered by historians to have been the design inspiration for the Corinthian column capitals of Roman architecture.
In Spain I have seen the subsp platyphyllos....
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