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Acanthus spinosus

Bear's Breeches

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.

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36-48 in


24-36 in

Hardiness Zone:

5 to 9

Acanthus spinosus Characteristics


  • Drought Tolerant

Critter Resistance

  • Deer Resistant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Morning Sun / Afternoon Shade

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Summer
  • Late Summer
  • Late Spring / Early Summer