16 Nov 2012

Acanthus Mollis Plant

This handsome perennial has deeply lobed, dark green, shiny leaves. In late summer, it bears white flowers with purple-shaded bracts on 90cm (3ft) purple-tinted spikes. It cuts a striking figure in the garden, adding form and structure to planting schemes.

Family: Acanthaceae

Genus: Acanthus
Species: mollis
Plant type: Hardy perennial
Flower colour: White
Foliage colour: Dark green
Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Acidic, Chalky/alkaline
Hardiness: Hardy
Skill level: Beginner
Height: 150cm
Spread: 90cm
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to divide plants: September to February


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