Acanthus hirsutus, Hairy Bear's Breeches, is an unusual herbaceous clump-forming Acanthus from Turkey and Syria with a dwarf habit and handsome deeply-cut spiny foliage. In mid Spring to early summer it produces columnar racemes of creamy-yellow flowers hooded with green bracts that are covered in a soft white hairs.
Acanthus hirsutus requires a south-facing aspect with full sun and a deep well-drained gritty soil. It is not quite as hardy as Acanthus mollis or Acanthus spinosus and requires a dry location in the winter and a generous mulch of grit or bark.
|Synonyms||Acanthus hirsutus f. roseus|
|Geographical Origin||Mediterranean: Turkey, Syria|
|Cultivation||Full sun, deep rich but well-drained gritty soil. Keep dryish in winter and mulch with grit or bark|
|Eventual Height||50cm - including the height of the inflorescence|
|Hardiness||Hardy herbaceous perennial although not as hardy as the more common Acanthus species. Must have a very-well drained gritty substrate and needs mulch in the winter|
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