Scientific Name: Acanthus mollis
Common Name: common bear’s breeches
Family Name: Acanthaceae
Origin: Africa, Europe
Hardiness Zone: Zone 7: (-18 to -12 °C)
Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial
Mature Size: 0.7 - 1.3m x 0.6 - 1.0m (height x width)
Habit: Arching
Form: Round
Texture: Coarse
Landscape Uses: Accent plant, Cut flower or foliage
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade
Soil or Media: Humus rich, Well-drained
Leaves: Simple, Lobed, Basal, Soft flexible, Pinnate venation, Lustrous, Elliptic, Ovate, Dentate, Pinnately lobed
Flowers: Spike, White, Purple, Jul-Aug-Sep
Fruit: Capsule, Brown, Sep-Oct, (Persistent)
Key ID Features:
Leaves shiny, dark green, blades up to 40cm long x 25cm wide with a long petiole; florets up to 5cm long with purple "helmet", on a cylindrical spike 30-60(-100+) cm long, spiny bract under each floret.