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Acanthus spinosus/Bear's Breeches

Acanthus spinosus / Acanthus spinosus
Large coarse textured leaves with prominent spines
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Large coarse textured leaves with prominent spines

Spiney foliage

Plant growing in shady location


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Scientific Name: Acanthus spinosus
Common Name: Bear's Breeches
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
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Comments: Noted for its coarse textured foliage with rigid spines. Tall floral spikes appear in summer with hooded flowers arranged along the upright floral stalk. Quite tropical in character. Can be grown in containers.