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Acanthus spinosus (Spiny bear's breeches)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
1.5m
Max height
1m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acanthus spinosus

Other names

Spiny bear's breeches

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Species

A. spinosus - A. spinosus is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with large, deeply-lobed, glossy, dark green leaves, spiny at the margins, and, from late spring to midsummer, erect racemes of white flowers with purple bracts.


Acanthus spinosus is: Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Clump-forming

Flower

Purple, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem. Protect young plants.

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails Slugs , Snails

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring, take root cuttings in winter, or divide established clumps between autumn and early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division, Root cuttings


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Where to grow

Acanthus spinosus (Spiny bear's breeches) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Best grown in deep, fertile, well-drained loam but tolerates most soil conditions. Tolerates drought.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, South, East, West

Exposure

Exposed, Sheltered

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

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Acanthus spinosus

Other names

Spiny bear's breeches

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Species

A. spinosus - A. spinosus is a clump-forming, deciduous perennial with large, deeply-lobed, glossy, dark green leaves, spiny at the margins, and, from late spring to midsummer, erect racemes of white flowers with purple bracts.

Native to

Mediterranean, Southern Europe

Foliage

Deciduous

Habit

Erect flower stem, Clump-forming


Colour

Flower

Purple, White in Summer

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Slugs and snails may be a problem. Protect young plants.

Specific pests

Slugs , Snails

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

General care

Pruning

Remove faded flower stems.

Propagation

Sow seed in spring, take root cuttings in winter, or divide established clumps between autumn and early spring.

Propagation methods

Seed, Division, Root cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Acanthus spinosus (Spiny bear's breeches) will reach a height of 1.5m and a spread of 1m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses

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

Cultivation

Best grown in deep, fertile, well-drained loam but tolerates most soil conditions. Tolerates drought.

Soil type

Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

North, 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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