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Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's breeches 'Whitewater')

Intermediate
skill rating
2 hours care
per year
1.2m
Max height
1.2m
Max spread
2-5 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Acanthus 'Whitewater'

Other names

Bear's breeches 'Whitewater'

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Whitewater' _ 'Whitewater' is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with glossy, deeply lobed, dark green leaves heavily splashed with white and tall, erect racemes of cream and pink flowers in summer.


Acanthus 'Whitewater' is: Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright

Flower

Pink, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Dark-green, White in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Powdery mildew Powdery mildew

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 'Whitewater' (Bear's breeches 'Whitewater') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m 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. May be evergreen in areas with warm winters, may completely die back in colder areas. Site carefully as may be invasive in ideal conditions.

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 'Whitewater'

Other names

Bear's breeches 'Whitewater'

Genus

Acanthus Acanthus

Variety or Cultivar

'Whitewater' _ 'Whitewater' is a clump-forming, semi-evergreen perennial with glossy, deeply lobed, dark green leaves heavily splashed with white and tall, erect racemes of cream and pink flowers in summer.

Foliage

Semi evergreen

Habit

Clump-forming, Upright


Colour

Flower

Pink, Cream in Summer

Foliage

Variegated, Dark-green, White in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest free

Specific diseases

Powdery mildew

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 'Whitewater' (Bear's breeches 'Whitewater') will reach a height of 1.2m and a spread of 1.2m 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. May be evergreen in areas with warm winters, may completely die back in colder areas. Site carefully as may be invasive in ideal conditions.

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

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