Acanthus mollis L.

Common Bear's Breeches

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Acanthus

Category: Perennial

Zones: 7 to 9

Size: 3 to 4' tall, 3' wide

Growth Rate: Moderate

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade


Glossy green lobed leaves with soft spines at the tips. Purple flowers on spikes in late spring. Does not do well in the heat and humidity of the south. Clump-forming. Well-drained soil. Can spread aggressively.


Published in Sp. Pl. 2: 639 in 1753.

Native to France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Croatia, Syria, Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia.


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