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Acanthus spinosus (bear’s breeches)

Acanthus spinosus

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 <>, via Wikimedia Commons] 

Bloom Color: White

Bloom Time: Late Spring, Early Summer, Mid Summer

Light: Part Sun

Moisture Needs: Average, Well-Drained

Size: 3-4'

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