Acanthus spinosus Bear's Breech

Acanthus spinosus Bear's Breech

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Very Low Maintenance and Rabbit Resistant
SKU 38440
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Key Characteristics

5 - 9

Mature Height

3 Feet

Mature Width

3 Feet

Sun / Shade

Full Sun, Part Shade

Moisture Level

Moist, well-drained

Soil Type

Normal, loamy

Description / Acanthus spinosus Bear's Breech

Known fondly as bear's breech, Acanthus spinosus, a charming perennial, is noteworthy for its tenacity as well as its pleasing floral display. Fans of snapdragons will admire the similarities of this plant with its lovely white flowers that are overlaid with reddish-lilac bracts for an interesting clash of colors. While the glossy, deeply cut foliage of Acanthus spinosus keeps itself in a tidy clump, the flowers rise up to 4 feet above it, making a phenomenal vertical statement. Flowers begin as early as late spring and continue into summer.

Acanthus spinosus prefers well-drained soil, and winter mulch is a must. This plant isn't pestered by any particular diseases, bugs, or rabbits, but slug and snail could be a problem if not handled effectively.

Product Details

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Genus Acanthus
Species spinosus
Variety 'Razz'
Plant Patent PP20670
Product Classification Perennials
Habit Columnar
USDA Zone Low 5
USDA Zone High 9
Sun / Shade Full Sun, Part Shade
Clematis Pruning Groups Group 3
Bloom Color Multi-Color, Purple
Max Bloom Size 3.00
Bloom Season Start Early Summer
Bloom Season End Late Summer
Foliage Color Dark Green
Harvest Season Early Fall, Late Summer
Resistance Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant
Special Features Easy Care Plants, Flower
Uses Beds, Cut Flowers, Ornamental
Zone 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
State Shipping Restrictions GU, HI, ID, PR, VI
Shipping Method Restrictions none

Customer Reviews

Interesting Acanthus!
Review by Florida mom
I bought two pots about five years ago. I live in 8b and planted it on the East side of a porch where it gets only morning sun, but Florida sun is tough on plants. It has flourished and remains beautiful green foliage all year. When the flower stalks appear, the small Snapdragon like blooms cover the stalks and new ones appear as the stalk grows. If you look closely there is so detail that it is amazing. Mine are usually 4-5 feet tall and the blossoms seem to be around for nearly a month. The soil is just Florida sand with no fertilizer added. I water it infrequently during the summer and it just keeps becoming more beautiful as time goes by. It isn't spectacular except when blooming but is a real joy to have in the flower bed. It does increase in size rather slowly and I will need to transplant some in the next year or two. I do recommend it.

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