This interesting Old World perennial has a coarse upright habit that adds texture to sunny gardens. Bear's breeches is quite hardy and summer-blooming. It is native to regions in southwestern Europe, though it has been in cultivation for a long time.
The long, sharply lobed, coarse leaves of bear’s breeches are deep green and form large, showy rosettes. In summer, tall, upright spikes of two-lipped, tubular maroon and white flowers are produced. Once spent, the old blooms should be cut back to make best of the attractive semi-evergreen foliage.
Grow this stately plant in full to partial sun and fertile soil with good drainage. It is an old-fashioned garden favorite that’s commonly planted in historic gardens across Europe. Both the foliage and flowers offer striking interest, and its tall flower stems can be cut for floral arrangements.
Info source: http://learn2grow.com/plants/acanthus-mollis/
Approximately 10 seeds in 2.5g packet.
Genus - Acanthus
Species - Mollis
Common name - Bears Breeches
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 5 - 11
Height - 0,75 - 1 m
Plant type - Perennial flower
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic
Soil type - Loan, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average water, drought tolerant
Landscape uses - Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border, Rock Garden / Wall
Bloom season - June - August
Leaf / Flower color - Green, Dark Green / White - light pink
Sow Acanthus seeds directly into the garden in early spring (before the soil begins to warm) or in the end of summer - beginning of autumn.
Seeds can be started indoors at any time.
Maintain a temperature of at least +13-16C within the growing medium.
Germination will take from 21 to 25 days.
Acanthus plants reseed themselves readily, forming large colonies.
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