Acanthus mollis/Acanthus


Foliage and floral spikes

Dense foliage and young floral spikes

Acanthus in a ruins garden

Mature plants in center of image

New foliage

Young plants with emerging floral spike

Bold texture of established plant

Flowering spike with open flowers

Lush, coarse-textured foliage

Naturalized plantings in Italy are common

Plants grow in small pockets of soil

Close view of the lush foliage

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Scientific Name: Acanthus mollis
Common Name: Acanthus
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 Determine Your Zone
Height: 2- 5 feet
Spread: 2 -3 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Purple
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Dry
Rate of Growth: Slow
Water Requirement: Low
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: A very bold textured plant with large, dark green leaves. This is a very old plant that has been in cultivation for centuries. It is native to the Mediterranean coastline in Italy and France and was used in ancient times as a decorative motif on Corinthian columns as one of the famous architectural orders.