Acanthus caroli-alexandri

Also known as:

  • Bear's Breech

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

5a-9b

Size

H:18"
W:2'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, dry in summer

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white, purple

Flower Season:

spring, summer

Foliage Season:

semi-evergreen

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Eugene, Oregon

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This species is very similar to the more common A. spinosus, but doesn't grow as tall. Perfect for the more sheltered, but sunny location.

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This charming little bear's breech suffers from a major identity crisis. Some "experts" consider it the same as Acanthus spinosus, while others consider it a form of Acanthus hungaricus. Still other authorities consider it a hybrid between Acanthus spinosus and Acanthus hirsutus. Don't you just love those taxonomists?! Regardless of its identity, this plant is unique among acanthus with its finely cut, black-green, deer-resistant foliage, making a small 18" tall x 2' wide rosette. In late spring, the clumps are topped with compact 3' tall spikes with the typical hooded, white-and-purple, well-spined flowers...outstanding for texture and structure in the small garden.

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