Bear's breech Acanthus mollis

bear's breech


A. mollis is a vigorous plant with large, glossy dark green leaves, pinnately lobed and, in late summer, tall racemes of white flowers with dusky purple bracts

Plant Info
Common Problems

About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      bear's breech bear's breeches brank ursine common bear's breech soft-leaved bear's breech see more

    • Common names

      Acanthus spinosisimus, Acanthus lusitanicus

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Foliage type


    • Height

      1-1.5 metres

    • Spread

      1-1.5 metres

    • Hardiness zones


  • sunLight

    Full Sun, Partial Shade, Full Shade

  • scissorsPruning

    Cut down old flower stems

  • bambooSoil

    SoilChalk, Loam, Sand

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Hardiness zone

      Flower borders and beds Drought Resistant Cut Flowers Low Maintenance Mediterranean Climate Plants Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propagate by division or by root cuttings

  • insectPests

    Generally pest free

  • microbeDiseases

    Powdery mildews may be a problem