Botanical Name: Acanthus mollis
Common Name: Acanthus, Bear's Breech  
Plant photo of: Acanthus mollis
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Water Saving Tip:

Check your irrigation controller once a month, and adjust as necessary.

Most plants require only one-third as much water in winter as they do in summer.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Shrub, Perennial


Height Range

1-3', 3-6'


Flower Color

Blue, Pink, Purple, White, Multi-Colored


Flower Season

Spring, Summer


Leaf Color

Dark Green


Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Half, Shade



Medium, High


Growth Rate



Soil Type



Soil Condition



Soil pH

Acid, Neutral


Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Japanese, Meadow, Mediterranean, Ranch, Tropical, Water Garden, Wetlands, Woodland


Accenting Features

Showy Flowers, Unusual Shape


Seasonal Interest



Location Uses

Entry, Foundation, Patio, Raised Planter, Swimming Pool, Walls / Fences, Walkways


Special Uses

Container, Filler, Mass Planting


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Jerry Sortomme
Photographer: Greg Applegate/Thompson
  • Description

  • Notes

This perennial produces large clusters of glossy foliage that is deeply lobed. Its leaves may reach lengths of 2'. The tall, purplish spikes are usually seen in late spring to summer and then into fall. This shrub is beautiful in the shade.
Planting Instructions: 1. Dig a hole 2 times the width and 1 and 1/2 times the height of the container. 2. Set rootball just above ground level. 3. Mix soil with 25% amendment and %75 soil. 4. Backfill with amended soil. 5. Build basin and water.