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Acanthus Mollis ( Bear's Breeches )
SF191 Bear's Breeches ( Acanthus mollis )
Commonly known as Bear's Breeches or "Oyster Plant", it is winter hardy to USDA Zones 7-10 where it is easily grown in average, fertile, medium moisture, well-drained soils in full sun to part shade. Excellent container plant if grown in large containers. Plants tolerate a wide range of soils except poorly-drained ones.
Acanthus mollis is prized for its bold clumps of shiny green leaves topped with striking, 3-foot-tall spires of white flowers which are clasped by showy purple bracts. This is a great plant for an eye-catching structural element in a part-shade border.
A strong architectural accent, it is best placed at the rear of the border.
Care: Best in deep, rich, well-drained soil. Plants need protection from hot afternoon sun.