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Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches

Common Name: Bear’s Breeches

Botanical Name: Acanthus spinosus

Bear's Breeches

Plant family: Acanthaceae

Location: North Forest Trail

Growing zone: 5-9

Height: 3-4′

Spread: 2-3′

Bloom time: June, July, August

Bloom description: Long tubular flowers are borne on tall spikes. Each flower is whitish in color with a large, flat, mauve top petal or hood.

Leaf type: Acanthus is grown just as much for its attractive foliage as it is for its blooms. Large leaves are a deep glossy green with a deeply cut, thistle-like shape and spines.

Garden uses: Flower spikes are tall and very showy. Wonderful flowering perennial. Not reliably winter hardy in cooler climates.