Acanthus mollis

Bears Breeches

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  • Large, shiny, dark green leaves provide bold structure.
  • Plant in well drained soil in light shade/ full sun.
  • grown as much for its attractive foliage as for its architecturally flower spikes
  • Creamy white (sometimes pink) snapdragon-like flowers, each hooded and subtended by spiny reddish-purple bracts.
  • Flowers in June

Height: 2-3 ft

Zone: 7-10
Color: Almost Black, Mauve- Pink

Characteristics & Attributes


  • Great Foliage
  • Drought Tolerant
  • Low Maintenance
  • Disease Resistant
  • Border or Bed
  • Summer Bloomer
  • Mass Planting
  • Cut Flower/Foliage
  • Cold Tolerant

Critter Resistance:

  • Rabbit Resistant
  • Deer Resistant
  • Squirrel Resistant


  • Sun/ pt.shade

Foliage Color:

  • Green


  • Upright

Season of Interest (Flowering):

  • Summer

Season of Interest (Foliage):

  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring

Soil Moisture:

  • Average Water
  • Well drained soil
  • Dry Soil

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