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Acanthus Summer Beauty

Type Herbaceous flower, Deciduous, Ground cover, Flowering
Form Ground-Hugging Rounded Clump, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer), Medium green Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required - Tough Plant
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant, Seaside Friendly
Growth Medium Growing Plant
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Acanthus Summer Beauty - 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 Summer Beauty:

  • 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

Weaknesses of Acanthus Summer Beauty

  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Acanthus Summer Beauty:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting

View all the plants listed in Genus Acanthus

View other ground cover plants with purple flowers, or ground cover plants with medium green foliage

Common Missspellings: Akanthus, Acanthis, Ackanthus, Akanthes, Acanthius

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