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Acanthus mollis (Bear's breeches)

Acanthus mollis Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Acanthus mollis ah-KAN-thus MAWL-iss Common Name: Bear's breeches Genus: Acanthus
Acanthus mollis is prized for its bold clumps of shiny green leaves topped with striking, 3-foot-tall spires of white flowers which are clasped by showy purple bracts. This is a great plant for an eye-catching structural element in a part-shade border.
Noteworthy characteristics: A strong architectural accent, it is best placed at the rear of the border.
Care: Best in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Plants need protection from hot afternoon sun. Hardy and evergreen to Zone 7.
Propagation: Sow seeds in spring, divide plants in spring or autumn, or take root cuttings in late autumn or early winter.
Problems: Powdery mildew, fungal and bacterial leaf spot.
Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Growth Habit Clumps
Light Full Sun to Part Shade
Moisture Medium Moisture
Maintenance Low
Characteristics Showy Flowers; Showy Foliage
Bloom Time Early Summer; Summer
Foliage Color Evergreen
Flower Color White Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Style Cottage Garden
Seasonal Interest Spring Interest, Summer Interest, Fall Interest
Type Perennials

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