Spiny bear's breeches (Acanthus spinosus)
Armed bear's breeches
A. spinosus ~ A. spinosus is a strong, structural, clump-forming perennial with large, deeply-divided, glossy dark-green leaves with spiny margins. Erect spikes of white and purple flowers in late spring and summer.
The ideal soil is a deep, fertile, well-drained loam but it will grow in most soils and has good drought tolerance.
RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)
Architectural, Cottage/Informal, Drought Tolerant, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance, Mediterranean
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Chalky, Loamy, Sandy
Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Full Sun, Partial Shade
North, South, East, West
Exposed or Sheltered
Slugs and snails may be a problem. Protect young plants.
Cut down old flower stems.
Sow seed in spring, take root cuttings in winter, or divide established clumps between autumn and early spring.
Seed, Division, Root cuttings
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