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botanical name:
Acanthus spinosus
Acanthus spinosus © Deeproot Plant Base
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common name:  Bears Breeches
family:  Acanthaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 1.50m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: mauve
main season: Summer
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, coastal
preferred soil pH: neutral
minimum temp: -15°C
USDA zone: 7 to 10
description:
Clumps of dark green spine-toothed leaves topped by prickly spires of white flowers with conspicuous purple-mauve bracts in summer.

cultivation:
Thrives in most well drained soils in full sun or light shade.

propagation:
By division in spring or autumn. Also from seed or by root cuttings taken in winter.

usage:
Architectural plant.

other notes:
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