Acanthus hungaricus

Also known as:

  • Acanthus balcanicus var. hungaricus
  • Hungarian Bear's Breech
  • Bear's Breeches

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

6a-10b

Size

H:3'-4'
W:2'-3'

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular, dry in summer

Sun Exposure:

sun, mostly sun, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

pink, purple

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Flower Season:

summer

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

semi-evergreen

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

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Raleigh, North Carolina

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

508-998-8819

Xera Plants

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1114 SE Clay St. Portland, Oregon

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503-612-9950

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Description by: Xera Plants

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Portland, Oregon

503-612-9950

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Hungarian Acanthus is a deciduous species that is hardier to cold and has much finer, more divided leaves. Quickly forming large patches in shade to part shade, it competes well with greedy tree roots and even copes with a bit of drought. Water occasionally in summer. In July and August bold, architectural white flower spikes. Leaves 3' tall and as wide with a flower spike to 4' tall. Spreads slowly by the root, a very permanent plant. Completely deciduous in winter, plan for that. Easy to grow and accepts an enormous variety of conditions. This perennial will live a nearly infinite amount of time with little care. Forms large patches in 5-10 years. Protect from slugs when young growth emerges in spring.

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Fowlerville, Michigan

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Leaves with deep lobes, but lacking spines; flowers are similar to mollis. ZONE 5

Description by: Plant Delights Nursery, Inc

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Raleigh, North Carolina

919-772-4794

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Although some taxonomists have lumped Acanthus hungaricus into Acanthus balcanicus, we feel that there is a horticultural difference. Picture a tropical-looking, dark green, glossy, thick-leaf fern forming a 30" wide deer-resistant perennial and you've got an acanthus. Acanthus balcanicus v. hungaricus is topped in early spring with a 3' tall spike composed of purple, pink and white bicolor turtleheads...very unique! Plant this where you want it to stay. While it is easy to move, small root pieces that are left behind keep on giving and giving and giving...

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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Tha hardiest of the "Bear's Breaches", this bold accent plant has large shiny green thistle like foliage and 3' flower spikes with soft mauve blossoms. We have found that sitting it in a well-drained protected spot and a winter mulch encourages blooming.

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