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Acanthus spinosissimus
Common Name: Spiny Bear's Breech Family: Acanthaceae (The Acanthus Family)

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This species of bear's breeches has masses of dark green deeply-lobed spine-tipped leaves from which rise bold spires of white and purple flowers. A great focal point and structural plant.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Open and wooded average to wet habitats.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom ColourPurple 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSpring - Summer 
Spread2-3'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Part Sun Part Shade  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone5-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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