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  • bear's breeches
  • Eventual height: 1.5m
  • Eventual spread: 0.9m

Acanthus hungaricus

bear's breeches

Pot size 9cm pot
9cm pot
3 × 9cm pots

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Prolific and easy to grow, this acantus produces upright flower spikes, which bear white or pale pink flowers, each with green or a purplish hood, above mounds of deeply divided foliage. The rigid habit of the flowerspikes make them ideal for creating vertical interest in the herbaceous border, and they also look good in more naturalistic planting schemes. Originating from open woodlands and scrub, this form is more tolerant of shade than most.

  • Garden care: To minimise the risk of powdery mildew taking hold ensure that the plant is watered well during hot, dry spells. To rejuvenate and minimise congestion lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.


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