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Bear's Breeches

Acanthus mollis


Height - 3 to 4 feet

Width - 2 to 3 feet


Part to full shade

Plant Type

Adapted perennial/herb

Other common names

Bear's Breech Acanthus, Oysterplant

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Save Water   Medium water required
More Color   Showy purple and white flowers in summer
Attract Wildlife   Bees and butterflies enjoy the flowers
Reduce Maintenance   Cut stems almost to ground after flowering
Texas Tough    May go dormant in late summer but returns with fall rain

Interesting Facts

Plant gets its name from the shape of its showy flowers.  Is actually native to Europe, but has adapted well to our climate.  It is said that this plant's foliage inspired the "Corinthian columns motif" that was so popular in ancient Greek art and architecture.  Has been used as a medicinal herb to soothe burns and ease an irritated digestive tract.  Dramatic flower spires are perfect when cut for arrangements.

Bear's Breeches in Frisco

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