Acanthus mollis

Acanthus mollis


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Acanthus mollis is a spectacular, large-leaved, fast-growing herbaceous perennial that produces tall spikes of two-tone purple-hooded white flowers throughout the summer. It is pollinated by bees, so is a useful addition to the wildlife garden. A plant with a rich, long heritage, acanthus leaves inspired the decorative capitals of corinthian columns in classical architecture.

Semi-evergreen, the enormous, deeply lobed glossy leaves can grow up to a metre long and form impressive clumps. It spreads by means of an underground rhizome.

This vigorous perennial has a striking architectural presence, and is ideal for adding height and interest to a mixed border. The blooms are also excellent for flower arrangements, both fresh and dried.


Pot Size: 2L

Common Names: Bear's Breeches, Sea Dock, Bearsfoot, Oyster Plant

Hardiness: Fully hardy

Height and Spread: 150cm x 90cm

Preferred Soil Type: Deep, fertile, well-drained

Position: Full sun / Partial shade

Flowering Period: July – August


Please note all parts of this plant may be harmful if eaten.