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Acanthus (Bear’s Breaches)
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Including Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’, and Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus

Bear’s Breaches

  
Acanthus caroli-alexandri  full sun  partial shade

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.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.

Acanthus caroli-alexandri (P-1839)
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Acanthus mollis ‘Rue Ledan’  full sun  partial shade  new plant
(Latifolius Group)

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.

Blooms June–July

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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Acanthus spinosus  full sun  partial shade
Acanthus spinosus Acanthus spinosus

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.

Blooms June–July.

Size: 3' 0"–4' 0" high x 2' 0"–3' 0" wide; hardy to zone 6.


Acanthus spinosus (P-1094)
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