Acanthus mollis

Acanthus mollis
Acanthus mollis 
bear's breeches
SIZE/TYPE low perennial
USUAL HEIGHT 0.5-1m
USUAL WIDTH
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS
BLOOMING TIME August - August
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 6   (down to -23°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Perennials
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Bear’s breeches is a unique perennial with large, architectural leaves. They are deep green and extremely glossy. Strong plants make long, erect stems with pinkish flowers at the end of summer. It is evergreen in milder parts of Europe.

Acanthus is popular in the Mediterranean where even influenced architecture ages ago. In Roman style it was an attractive decoration of pillars, ledges and gates. It was an important decorative feature for goldsmiths as well as makers of high-class tableware.

We treat is a perennial that dies back every autumn and comes back again in spring. To enjoy the largest possible leaves we suggest mulching it profusely in autumn. Acanthus needs well-drained, fertile soil. It will be happier in temporary drought than waterlogged soil. Fully hardy to about -25°C with mulch protection.

Last update 06-02-2008, 11-02-2016
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  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
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  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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