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Bears Breeches in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Acanthus mollis

 

Bear's Breeches

Acanthus is an attractive, architectural, clump-forming plant, with dark green lobed leaves. In late Summer, tall racemes of white two-lipped flowers with purplish bracts appear. This plant can be quite invasive, and, once established, quite difficult to get rid of.

 
plant Features
  • Bears Breeches likes full sun to deep shade

    Full sun to deep shade

  • Bears Breeches likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

  • Bears Breeches is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Bears Breeches likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

 
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plant information

Common name

Bear's Breeches

Latin name

Acanthus mollis

type

Herbaceous Perennial

family

Acanthaceae

ph

5.0 - 8.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Bears Breeches likes full sun to deep shade

    Full sun to deep shade

  • Frost

    Bears Breeches is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Bears Breeches likes free draining and fertile

    Free draining and fertile

  • Water

    Bears Breeches likes occasional watering

    Occasional watering

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant
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    When the plant will bloom

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Bears Breeches is 1.20meters x 1.20meters 1.20 M 1.20 M

Acanthus mollis

Acanthus is an attractive, architectural, clump-forming plant, with dark green lobed leaves. In late Summer, tall racemes of white two-lipped flowers with purplish bracts appear. This plant can be quite invasive, and, once established, quite difficult to get rid of.


Flowering Season

From Late Spring TO Late Summer

Purple/white flowers from late spring to late summer.

 

Planting Season

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Planting container grown plants in moderately fertile, well-drained soil in early spring. Also root cuttings can be taken and planted from mid to late winter. Can be planted in full shade to full sun.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Sow seed under glass in spring.

 

Propagation by root cuttings

From Late Autumn TO Mid Winter

Carefully lift the plant out of the ground, do not to damage its roots. Rinse the roots in water to remove all soil. With a sharp knife, take off 5cm lengths of pencil thin roots. Fill pots with compost to which grit has been added, lay the cuttings, spaced out, on top. Cover with a thin layer of compost. Water well, label pots and place in a in a cold frame or somewhere cool indoors. Replant the parent plant.

 

Propagation by division.

From Early Autumn TO Mid Autumn

Using a fork dig up plant, trying to keep the root ball as complete as possible. Split the root ball at the centre with a sharp knife or a spade, or by placing two garden forks back-to-back into the middle of the root ball, and pushing the fork handles apart.to lever the root ball apart. Replant the new clumps to the same depth as the original, and water well. Keep well watered until established.

 
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