Acanthus spinosissimus

Bear's Breech

Give these large plants room to spread out. Their bold spikes of rose, white or lilac funnel-shaped flowers wave above 1- to 2-foot-long leaves. Late spring through early summer, flower spikes reach 2 feet long on 2- to 3-foot stems. Excellent background plants. Use in fresh or dried flower arrangements. In cooler northern climates, need protection and mulching over winter. Remove faded flowers. Long root systems make plants difficult to get rid of once established, so plant where they are confined. Ease to divide between October and March.
Acanthus spinosissimus, Bear's Breech
This is a hardier and thornier version of A. mollis. Its elegant white-purple flower spikes are narrower than other Acanthus.

Attributes - Acanthus spinosissimus

Plant Type: Perennial

Bloom Season: Late Spring through Late Summer

Flower Color: Purple, White

Foliage: Evergreen

Height: 3 ft. to 4 ft.

Width: 3 ft.

Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Climate: Zones 7, 8, 9, 10

Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates. Drought Tolerant, Long Blooming, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers. Susceptible to Root Rot.

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Acanthus mollis
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