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botanical name:
Acanthus syriacus
Acanthus syriacus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bears Breeches
synonyms:  Acanthus hirsutus var. syriacus
family:  Acanthaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.60m
width: 0.60m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: spiky
leaf colour: dark green
flower colour: purple
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:
Forms clumps of hairy, spiny, pinnatifid, dark green leaves. Sturdy, prickly spikes of greenish-white flowers with conspicuous purple bracts, from late spring to midsummer.

cultivation:
Well drained soil in full sun.

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

usage:
Architectural plant.

other notes:
Native to the Middle East from Turkey to Isreal.

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