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Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' (Bear's breeches 'Summer Beauty')

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 'Summer Beauty'

Other names

Bear's breeches 'Summer Beauty'

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Summer Beauty' _ 'Summer Beauty' is a hybrid perennial with vibrant green leaves, divided into broad toothed lobes, flowering with spires of mauve and white in summer.


Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' is: Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Purple, White in Spring; White, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

General care

Pruning

Cut down old flower stems.

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.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' (Bear's breeches 'Summer Beauty') 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

The ideal soil is a deep, fertile, well-drained loam but it will grow in most soils and has good drought tolerance.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

We do not currently have companion plants added for this plant.

Botanical name

Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty'

Other names

Bear's breeches 'Summer Beauty'

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Summer Beauty' _ 'Summer Beauty' is a hybrid perennial with vibrant green leaves, divided into broad toothed lobes, flowering with spires of mauve and white in summer.

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Purple, White in Spring; White, Purple in Summer

Foliage

Bright-green in Spring; Bright-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

General care

Pruning

Cut down old flower stems.

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.

Propagation methods

Division, Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acanthus mollis 'Summer Beauty' (Bear's breeches 'Summer Beauty') 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

The ideal soil is a deep, fertile, well-drained loam but it will grow in most soils and has good drought tolerance.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6

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