Bear's breeches

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'

Photo/Illustration: 
Jennifer Benner
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Bear's breeches (Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel')
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Genus:  Acanthus
With their white margins and mottling, the jagged leaves of 'Tasmanian Angel' are a real showshopper, and in late summer, 3-foot-tall, pink-and-cream flower stalks heighten the effect. The variegation may be less pronounced as the leaves age, but the plant still draws the eye. Use it as a multiseason container specimen or as a bedding plant. -Allan Armitage, Plants to know and grow, Fine Gardening issue #119
Noteworthy Characteristics:  This is the first variegated bear's breeches.
Care:  Provide partial to full shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil.
Problems:  Nothing serious, but watch for slugs and snails.

Overview

Height
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread
3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Part Shade to Full Shade
Moisture
Medium Moisture
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Flowers,
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Late Summer
Flower Color
Pink Yarrow,
White
Foliage Color
Variegated Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders,
Container
Seasonal Interest
Spring Interest
Type
Perennials

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