Acanthus Mollis (Bears Breeches)
Beautifully architectural and a great feature plant, very large deep green leaves that can grow to a metre long. Strong spikes of flowers appear in late Summer, masses of dainty pure white flowers each with a purple hood-like bract above giving an attractive two tone effect. They are perfect for fresh or dried flower arrangements. A tough and easy plant that gives great coverage in sun or partial shade, in mild areas it often remains semi evergreen through winter.
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How to grow Acanthus Mollis
Position: Sun or partial shade.
Foliage: Hardy perennial, growth dies down in Winter and fresh new growth emerges in Spring. In mild areas some foliage may remain in winter.
Soil and site: Any well drained soil.
Flowering time: Summer – June-August
Growth rate: Moderate/fast
Ultimate height and spread: up to 150cm x 100cm
Hardiness: Fully Hardy
Aftercare: Water regularly after planting and through the first season until established. Cut to ground level in early Spring.