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Bear’s breeches

Acanthus mollis 'Tasmanian Angel'

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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 CharacteristicsThis is the first variegated bear's breeches.

CareProvide partial to full shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

ProblemsNothing serious, but watch for slugs and snails.

  • Genus : Acanthus
  • Zones : 10, 7, 8, 9
  • Plant Height : 3 to 6 feet
  • Plant Width : 3 to 6 feet
  • Uses : Containers
  • Bloom Time : Late Summer
  • Maintenance : Low
  • Moisture : Medium Moisture
  • Light : Partial Shade to Full Shade
  • Plant Type : Perennials
  • Flower Color : Pink, White
  • Characteristics : Showy Foliage
  • Plant Seasonal Interest : Spring Interest
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