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Spiny Bear's Breeches Spiny Bear's Breeches (Acanthus spinosus )

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Acanthus mollis

Common Bear's Breeches

The glossy leaves of this plant, carved into the temple columns of ancient Greece, are a fitting backdrop to the beautiful flower spikes of white and purple that arise in late spring.

Common Bear's Breeches Characteristics & Attributes

Exposure
Sun
Part Shade
Soil Moisture Needs
Good Drainage
Average
Moist
Season of Interest (Flowering)
Late Spring / Early Summer
Growth Rate
Medium

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips for Common Bear's Breeches

Bear's breeches perform best in loose, average to rich soil in full sun to partial shade. They tolerate moderately dry conditions once established, but prefer well-drained, moist soil.

Interesting Notes

The leaves of this plant have been forever immortalized for being the foliage depicted on the sculptured capitals of ancient Greek Corinthian columns.