Acanthus spinosus has shiny dark green leaves which are deeply dissected and tipped with spines (hence deer resistant). The handsome foliage adds great coarse texture to a partial shaded garden. Features pure white, snapdragon-like flowers surrounded by contrasting spiny purple bracts that last all season. Large flower spikes rise well above the foliage mound to 3-4′ tall. Blooms from late spring into mid-summer. Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil and tolerate a wide range of soil conditions but does not like wet feet.
[Photo: Acanthus_spinosus_at_Easton_Lodge_Gardens,_Little_Easton,_Essex,_England; Credit: Acabashi, CC BY-SA 4.0 <https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0>, via Wikimedia Commons]