Acanthus mollis

Bear's Breech

Boething Treeland Farms grows over 1,200 varieties of trees, shrubs, perennials and specialty plants on ten California nurseries to serve the wholesale landscape and nursery industries throughout the Western United States and beyond.

Plant Type: Perennials / Shrubs

Evergreen-Deciduous: Deciduous

Overall Mature Size: Small

Also Grown As: Bush

Mature Height & Spread: 3' x 3'

Natural Growth Habit: Mounding

Native To: Europe

Exposure: Partial Shade, Full Shade

Water: Medium Water

Flower Color: Purple / White

Bloom Time: Spring, Summer

Special Features: Deer Resistant / Shade Tolerant

Container Sizes: #1, #5

Sunset Garden Zones: 5-24

A Bit More

Handsome, lush, and incredibly lobed leaves that exceed 3 feet in width make this Mediterranean shrub an eye-catching perennial. In sun or shade where temperatures stay above 5°F, this stunner will attract even more attention in the spring and summer when tall purple and white flowers appear along 4-5 foot spikes that last for weeks to months. Give these plenty of room (6-8 feet) and moderate to regular water and they will not disappoint. It is widely accepted that these leaves were the inspiration for the Corinthian column capitols so frequently used in in Greco-Roman architecture and that they are among the earliest known cultivated species.