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Acanthus hungaricus

Acanthus hungaricus
bear's breeches
Acanthus hungaricus
Look at those spiny bracts!

Synonym(s) Acanthus balcanicus
Common name bear's breeches
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-10)
Flowers pale purple (late spring-summer)
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade

This is a much more recent introduction to our garden than A. mollis, which has graced our garden for many years. The leaves for this species are more deeply cut than those of A. mollis, and not at all spiny; the flowers are enclosed in spiny purple bracts.. The first flowers appeared more than three years after starting from seed, in mid-June.

bear's breeches
Paler in flower in 2015

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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Seed-starting details for this plant

  1. Seed from '07 trade. Soaked 1d, then baggy 35F (9w) - 70F (86%G, 3-5d)

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