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Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus
spiny bear's breeches
Common name spiny bear's breeches
Family acanthaceae
Life cycle perennial (Z5-9)
Flowers purple (June)
Size 3-4'
Light sun-part shade

Pricklier than the A. mollis we've grown for many years, with white veins on the leaves. Reportedly a bit cold-hardier than mollis, although cold tolerance has never been an issue in our garden. So far, despite its hardiness claims, we've yet to get one through an entire season. Perhaps it doesn't like winter wet.

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

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