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Acanthus spinosus

Striking Flower Spikes of Reddish Lilac!


1-Quart
Item # 38440

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Known fondly as Bear's Breeches, this charming perennial is noteworthy for 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 its glossy, deeply cut foliage keeps itself in a tidy clump, the flowers rise up to 4' above it to make making a phenomenal vertical statement. Flowers begin as early as late spring and continue into summer. It 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.

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Overall Rating: 5.0 / 5.0

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Interesting Acanthus!
Florida mom from FL wrote on March 06, 2020:

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.