Acanthus spinosus (Bear's Britches)
Acanthus spinosus Description
Impressive architectural herbaceous perennial with long dark green arching leaves, each being cut with spines at points. Acanthus produces tall spires of purple white flowers throughout the summer. Ideal in larger borders.1.5m tall X .5m.
Acanthus spinosus - Cultivation Notes
This herbaceous perennial flourishes in any deep fertile soil with good drainage, requiring full light to grow. Once established do not disturb roots. Requires plenty of room to grow and occasional staking for taller flower spikes.
Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage
Strengths of Acanthus spinosus:
Weaknesses of Acanthus spinosus
- Sun loving drought tolerant plant
- Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
- All round tough plant suitable for problem areas
- Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
- Suitable for exposed coastal planting
- Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils
- Tolerates heavy clay soils
Design & Plant Use for Acanthus spinosus:
- Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!
- Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
Akanthus, Acanthis, Ackanthus, Akanthes, Acanthius