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Bear's Breech


This herbaceous perennial has basal clumps of large, deeply lobed shiny green leaves. Tall spikes of tubular white flowers with purplish bracts appear above the foliage in late spring through summer. Plant in light shade or morning sun and water moderately.

Acanthus mollis

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible :Yes

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf texture : Shiny

Leaf length : 24"

Leaf shape : Deeply lobed

Leaf color : Green

Flower Characteristics

Flower shape : Spikes

Flower color : Purple

Plant Anatomy

Average size maturity width : 3 ft.

Average size maturity height : 3-4 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 10 to 15 F (Z8a)

Sunset zone : 5-24

Water requirements : Regular

Light exposure : Partial Shade

Landscape Attributes

Under oak trees : Yes

Barrier plants : Yes

Seashore conditions : Yes

Oak root fungus resistance : Yes

Hummingbirds : Yes

Hedges and screens : Yes

Frost tender : Yes

Fragrance : Yes

Erosion control : Yes

Drought tolerant : Yes

Deer resistant : Yes

Butterflies : Yes

Colorful fruits and berries : Yes

Birds : Yes

Autumn foliage color : Yes

Attractive bark : Yes

Allergenic plants : Yes