Niche Gardens - North Carolina (NC) Native Pants

Acanthus spinosus


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Acanthus spinosus (Acanthaceae)
(a-KAN-thus spin-O-sus)
Bear's Breeches

Spiny leaves set this Acanthus apart from other species and add a tropical feel to the garden. Bold foliage is further enhanced in early summer when stiff flower spikes bearing hooded dusky-purple flowers rise 2-3' above the leaves, adding a unique tall and vertical texture. Plant in well-drained soil; part shade is best in the South.

Bloom color: purple
Bloom period: early-summer
Height: 4-5'
Spread: 3'
Zones: 6-9

Container size: Qt.
Price: $12
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