Acanthus mollis

Bear’s Breech
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Plant Type

Perennial

Evergreen-Deciduous

Herbaceous

Overall Mature Size

Small

Mature Height & Spread

3-4′ x 3′

Exposure

Partial Sun, Partial Shade

Water

Medium Water

Flower Color

White, Lavender

Bloom Time

Summer

Special Features

Deer Resistant, Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes

#1, #5

Natural Growth Habit

Mounding

Sunset Garden Zones

5-24

Minimum USDA Hardiness Zone

7B-9A

Fast-growing herbaceous perennial to 3-4’ tall, forming a clump to 3’ wide. This lush-looking species features large, bold, lobed, glossy deep-green leaves accented with tall spikes of dramatic, multi-toned white and lavender flowers that rise above the attractive foliage spring into early-summer. Makes a good cut flower. This species is evergreen in mild climates, but may experience a die-down in the heat of summer in warmer climates, with lush new foliage regenerating in the fall. Well-suited in beds and borders, as a background to lower-growing perennials, or as an attractive container specimen. Prefers regular watering in a well-drained soil, and thrives in a partial sun to partial shade exposure.

USDA Zone: 7B-9A
Sunset Zone: 5-24

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