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Bear's Breech


This herbaceous perennial has basal clumps of large, deeply divided, finely cut, variable green leaves armed with long spines. Tall spikes of tubular white flowers with purplish bracts appear above the foliage in late spring through summer.

Acanthus spinosissimus

Fruit Characteristics

Fruit edible :Yes

Leaf Characteristics

Leaf shape : Deeply lobed, spine-tipped margins

Leaf color : Green

Flower Characteristics

Flower shape : Spike

Flower color : Purple

Plant Anatomy

Average size maturity width : 2 ft.

Average size maturity height : 1-1/2 -2 ft.

Cultural Information

USDA Zone : 10 to 15 F (Z8a)

Sunset zone : 4-24

Water requirements : Occasional

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

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