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Foliage like dinosaur feathers!

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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais
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Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

This variegated version of mountain thistle (Acanthus montanus ‘Frieling’s Sensation’, Zones 7-11) was dicovered by Ohio nursery Glasshouse Works in the early 1980s, and it’s just as attention-grabbing today as it surely was then. It’s spiny leaves are mottled and splashed with white and steal the show in any container planting, as well as in the ground. It’s a one-man show in this planter at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden in Brooklyn, New York. Mountain thistles are native to western Africa and prefer full sun or partial shade and fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

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  1. LaFlor 08/06/2010

    Does this thistle also have lots & lots of seed that blow all over the place and become a nuisance? It's beautiful. Where can one buy this plant?

  2. show_me_girl 08/16/2010

    Awesome plant. I have never seen it before. I live in zone 6, can I grow it as a houseplant? Thanks for sharing.

  3. rees55 08/18/2010

    Love it! Anyone have any practical experience with this in landscape applications?

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