• Acanthus spinosus
  • Acanthus spinosus
  • Acanthus spinosus
  • Acanthus spinosus
    Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus

Bear's Breeches, Spiny Bear's Breeches, Armed Bear's Breeches
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99

Quick Overview

  • Tall architectural inflorescence
  • Columns of purple-hooded white flowers
  • Sunny aspect
  • Deep rich soil
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Description

Acanthus spinosus, Spiny Bear's Breeches, is a herbaceous clump-forming perennial with handsome arching deeply-cut spiny leaves producing in early summer magnificent tall architectural columnar racemes of white flowers hooded with purple bracts. These bold stately flower-spikes are quite spectacular and their vertically-arranged lines of flowers - each with a heavily-veined purple hood - have a very exotic and somewhat strange and alien presence and are a powerful magnet for bees. Native to the Mediterranean regions of southern Europe and Asia Minor, it is thought to have been originally introduced to Britain by the Romans.

It requires a south-facing aspect with full sun and a deep rich soil and plenty of room in which to grow. It is usually more free-flowering than Acanthus mollis and responds to a hot summer and strong light. It is fully hardy and quickly establishes a large clump and as its roots are rather tenacious, it should only be grown in a permanent position where you are unlikely to want to move it.

Additional Information

Order Lamiales
Family Acanthaceae
Sub-Family Acanthoideae
Synonyms Acanthus caroli-alexandri, Acanthus spinosissimus, Acanthus spinulosus
Geographical Origin Mediterranean
Cultivation Full sun, deep rich soil and plenty of room to expand
Eventual Height 1.5m - including the height of the inflorescence
Eventual Spread 2m
Hardiness Fully hardy herbaceous perennial

Acanthus spinosus

Bear's Breeches, Spiny Bear's Breeches, Armed Bear's Breeches
Size: ex 1.5L pot

Availability: In stock

£7.99
You could receive 10 Palm Points for writing a review and/or rating this product.

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