Bear's Breeches or Oyster Plant
(Acanthus mollis)

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Acanthus mollis

Attractive massed bedding plant to 1.5m from Europe and Africa. Large dark green leaves provide the design motif for the french 'fleur de lis'. White flowers are produced in late summer. Acanthus should be grown in a spacious area. Difficult to eradicate once established. Considered dry tolerant, although it is not widely documented as such.

Type
Exotic
Maintenance
Medium
Water use
Moderate
Lifecycle
Perennial
Container
One
Size
Small shrubs 0.5 - 3 metres
Foliage
Evergreen
Zones
Moist temperate with warm summers
Soils
Sandy, Loam, Clay
Tolerances
Frost, Wind, Salt
Regions
Wagga Wagga (Water Wise), Central Highlands Garden, Yarra Valley Water plants
Shade levels
Shady
Flowering seasons
Summer
Colours
Green, White, Pink, Purple
Gardens
Hardy