Acanthus spinosus Bear's Breech

Item #38440
Buy 3+ at $24.95 ea.


Very Low Maintenance and Rabbit Resistant

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.


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Genus Acanthus
Species spinosus
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 9
Bloom Start To End Early Summer - Late Summer
Habit Columnar
Plant Height 3 ft
Plant Width 3 ft
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Flower
Bloom Color Light Purple, Multi-Color
Foliage Color Dark Green
Light Requirements Full Sun, Part Shade
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Beds, Cut Flowers, Ornamental
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

Product Review Summary

Based on 1 review
The average rating for this product is 5 out of 5 stars
Overall Rating: 5.0/5.0

Customer Reviews

March 06, 2020

Interesting Acanthus!

This shopper rated the product 5 out of 5 stars

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.

Florida mom from FL

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