Acanthus Mollis


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SKU: acanthus-mollis Category:
Common Name: Bears Breeches
Size: 2-3 LITRE
Hardiness: H6
Hardiness Ratings

All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees ˚C) are shown in brackets

  • H1a: under glass all year (>15˚C)
  • H1b: can be grown outside in the summer (10 - 15 ˚C)
  • H1c: can be grown outside in the summer (5 - 10 ˚C)
  • H2: tolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen (1 to 5 ˚C)
  • H3: hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK (-5 to 1 ˚C)
  • H4: hardy through most of the UK (-10 to -5 ˚C)
  • H5: hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters (-15 to -10 ˚C)
  • H6: hardy in all of UK and northern Europe (-20 to -15 ˚C)
  • H7: hardy in the severest European continental climates (< -20 ˚C)
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2-3 Litre Pot

  • Position: Full sun, partial shade
  • Soil: Moist, well drained
  • Growth Rate: Fast
  • Flowering Period: July – Aug
  • Hardiness: H6
  • Eventual Height: 1.5m
  • Eventual Spread: 0.9m

Acanthus Mollis or Bears Breeches as it is commonly known, is a very robust, clump forming herbaceous perennial with large, ovate, glossy dark green leaves have a heart shaped base and wavy margins, followed in summer by tall racemes of white flowers and dusky purple bracts. Good cut flower, and a striking border plant with architectural merit.

Acanthus Mollis is a beautiful perennial plant that is well-suited for use in gardens and landscaping. With large, glossy leaves and tall spikes of showy flowers, this plant is a real showstopper. It is a great choice for adding height and drama to a garden bed, and it is also a great choice for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies. This Acanthus is hardy and easy to care for, making it a great choice for gardeners of all skill levels.

It has a long history of use in gardens and landscaping, dating back to ancient Greece and Rome. The plant is depicted in many ancient Greek and Roman works of art, including on the capitals of Corinthian columns and was believed to have medicinal properties and was used to treat a variety of ailments. It was also used in traditional medicine in the Middle East and Asia.

During the Renaissance, the plant’s unique foliage, which is said to resemble the paws of a bear, led to its popularity in European gardens. It was often depicted in art and was used as a decorative motif in architecture and garden design.


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