Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus

Common Name

Bear’s Breeches

Plant Description

Grown for its bold foliage and impressive flowers, this striking perennial forms a sizeable clump of dark green, thistle-like foliage topped with huge spikes of large mauve and white flowers.  It is a bit hardier than A. mollis and thus produces a showier floral display in cold climates. Non-aggressive spreader.


  • Light: Full Sun to Full Shade
  • Height: 36-48"
  • Spread: 24-36"
  • Zones: 5-9
  • New For: 2018
  • Deer-Resistant: YES
  • Drought-Resistant: YES

Garden Notes

Blooms early summer to late summer

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