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Digging Dog Nursery
a retail and mail order plant nursery specializing in unusual and hard to find perennials, ornamental grasses, shrubs, trees, and vines.
31101 Middle Ridge Rd.
Albion, CA 95410
Tuesday by appointment only
Acanthus (Bear’s Breaches)
at Digging Dog
Including Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’, and Acanthus spinosus
If you have always wanted an Acanthus but couldn't
squeeze one into your garden, you'll be pleased to
discover this compact smaller statured Bear's Breech.
The pagoda-style tower of white and purple hooded
flowers rises proudly from a textural, 18 in. tall lustrous
rosette, fashioned with finely chiseled dark forest green
leaves. Though Acanthus caroli-alexandri's origins are
uncertain, some say it's a form of Acanthus hungaricus, while
others claim it's a hybrid between Acanthus spinosus and Acanthus
hirsutus its bold lacy accents are sure to turn heads
in a tight spot or a more expansive planting.
Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Acanthus caroli-alexandri (P-1839)
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A lustrous mound of large, deeply lobed green leaves entertains majestic straight-up silvery green spires, composed of big pure white flowers that protrude from prominent canopy-like green bracts. With elegance and architecture to spare, this rarely offered perennial can be utilized as a statuesque pathway sentinel or as a compelling specimen in a mixed border. ‘Rue Ledan’ tolerates shade, wards off mildew and stays fresh in a cut arrangement for nearly 2 weeks.
Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–2-1/2' wide; hardy to zone 7.
Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’ (P-1918)
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Hailing from the eastern Mediterranean, this bold perennial is as strong as a gladiator, and equally commanding. We suggest you honor its statuesque posture by giving it lots of room. Held on lengthy stalks, the deeply divided, 2 to 3 ft. long leaves are glossy and very dark green. Spiny-looking, though not too sharp, the leaves’ erect yet arching architecture were the inspiration for the decorative crown on Corinthian capitals.
Mysterious 2 ft. tall wands of Foxglove-like flowers rise above the imposing mound. Long lasting and excellent for arrangements, each white-lipped blossom is anchored by a green-gray bract and nearly hidden by a decorative, hood-like purple calyx.
Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.
Acanthus spinosus (P-1094)
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AVAILABLE SPRING 2018
Current Staff's Favorite Plant
Our featured plant: Hydrangea quercifolia 'Sikes Dwarf'
Perennials that cool down a hot summer day, refreshing foliage, soothing blooms, last chance to take advantage of our summer sale!
Bring sparkling beauty to your August plantings
Perhaps you’re looking for some soothing floral or foliar accents on a hot summer day! We’ve found that snowy white, clear pink, pale yellow and deep blue blooms coupled with silver, bluish green or emerald-toned leaves become refreshing counterpoints to warmer-hued flowers. They offer a place where your eye can rest, much like cleansing your palette when tasting wine. These shades meld the spicy-colored flowers of many Achillea, Crocosmia, Dahlia, Geum, Helenium, Kniphofia, Rudbeckia and Salvia.
Our next guided Saturday Strolls is August 19th., followed by September 16th & October 7th. We hope you’ll come visit us this summer. Digging Dog's Early August 2017 Newsletter Link
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“Thank you for your continued great service and excellent plants.... all the plants arrived in perfect condition. Healthy, and ready to bloom...the primrose produced a beautiful flower, just two weeks after arrival! We have always been impressed with the careful packaging, size and hardiness of your plant stock. We ordered Alstroemeria many years ago that have flowered every year, and are more beautiful with time. Thanks again!”
~Michele in Maryland
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