Acanthus mollis

Also known as:

  • Bear's Breeches

Plant Type

perennial

Zones

7a-10b

Size

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

Growing Conditions

Soil Needs:

well-drained, rich

Water Needs:

even moisture, regular

Sun Exposure:

mostly sun, bright shade, dappled shade, mostly shade

Features

Flower Color:

white, lavender

Foliage Color:

green

Wildlife:

deer resistant

Flower Season:

spring, summer

Texture:

glossy

Foliage Season:

semi-evergreen

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Williams, Oregon

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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Merryville, Louisiana

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Bartlett, Tennessee

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

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Waldport, Oregon

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812 Quince St Florence, Oregon

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Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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3380 No. 6 Road Richmond, British Columbia

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1310 N Gregory Road PO Box 857 Fowlerville, Michigan

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517-223-3581

Avant Gardens

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

508-998-8819

ZEPHYRANTHES

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78 Great Northern Hwy Midland, Western Australia

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(08) 9250 3682

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Jockey Hill Nursery

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Description by: Greer Gardens Inc.

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Eugene, Oregon

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This species is tall, growing to 5' when in bloom. The leaves are spineless, up to 2' long, and lobed with deep dissections. Flowers appear in late spring or early summer; 3' long racemes of white flowers, accented by purple stems.

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Description by: Phoenix Perennials and Specialty Plants Ltd.

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Richmond, British Columbia

604-270-4133

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A dramatic architectural plant from both sides of the Mediterranean with large, glossy mid-green leaves and strong upright flower spikes. The leaves were frequently used by the Greeks who adorned many of their sculptures and buildings with representations of Acanthus. Evergreen in mild winters, especially if protected by overhanging trees or large shrubs. Well-drained soil.

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Description by: Jockey Hill Nursery

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Scappoose, Oregon

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Shiny dark green oak-shape leaves

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Description by: Arrowhead Alpines

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Fowlerville, Michigan

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The classic bears breech, whose foliage decorates Greek columns, they have lovely dense spikes of purple veined white flowers, 3 ft. high, best in a slightly shaded protected place. ZONE 6

Description by: ZEPHYRANTHES

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Midland, Western Australia

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Rosettes of huge, glossy, dark green, sharply serrated leaves thrust from the soil with the onset of autumn rain. In spring sceptres of mauve and white shell like flowers stand sentry over the brooding mounds of foliage. Found throughout the Meditteranean it's at its best with no summer water but plenty of winter moisture and is tolerant of any soil that isn't waterlogged. Extremely architectural if given the space or as contrast to other boldly leaved plants such as Melianthus major. Representations of the leaves are commonly found in ancient roman architecture and are often still encountered in classical designs of today.

Description by: Fantastic Plants

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Bartlett, Tennessee

901-438-1912

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Large glossy leaves add bold foliage to your garden with this mostly hardy perennial. The large deeply cut leaves were the inspiration for the leaves of Corinthian capitals. Huge flower spikes of purple and white stand above the leaves in summer. May be cut back to the ground in cold winter areas but returns from the root. Grows in a clump 3' tall by 3' wide.

Description by: Almost Eden

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Merryville, Louisiana

337-375-2114

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Tall spikes of lavender and purple flowers are held on sturdy stems above the beautiful rich glossy green foliage in late summer and fall. An easy and hardy perennial. The leaf pattern was used extensively in Greek architecture. Bear's Breeches is a slowly spreading perennial that lends its form, flowers, and foliage to the shaded garden. This perennial needs good drainage and average moisture to perform well.

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Williams, Oregon

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A stately plant whose large handsome glossy green leaves were the inspiration for the Corinthian columns of classical Greece. Tall spikes of mauve, foxglove-like flowers are useful in dried arrangements. PSh-Sun/Med/GdDrain

Description by: Avant Gardens

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Dartmouth, Massachusetts

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The foliage of this Mediterranean plant was the inspiration for Corinthian columns. Beautiful lustrous green foliage forms at the base of stately spires of white flowers sheathed in purple bracts. Hardiness is the issue...It can comeback in protected zone 6 gardens when grown in very well drained soil that heats up early in the season. Best in zone 7 or warmer climates, where it can remain evergreen. Reports of it being invasive in warm winter areas.

Description by: Dancing Oaks Nursery

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Monmouth, Oregon

503-838-6058

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Shiny deep green leaves of large size and arching form are another choice for the tropical, lush look. Erect 4 foot stems with burgundy and white flowers. 4' wide plants

Description by: Thompson's Nursery

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Waldport, Oregon

541-563-3676

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Purple and white flowers on stalks to 3 ft.

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