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Bear's Breeches

This clump-forming herbaceous perennial grows to 5 feet with leaves deep shiny dark green, up to 3 feet long.  Acanthus mollis tolerates a wide range of light from full sun to deep shade and as the hot summer progresses the whole plant goes into dormancy.  It tolerates moderate dry conditions and can spread by way of underground roots.   The inflorescence is a spike of white flowers surrounded by purple calyces.

Acanthus mollis also known as the Oak Leaf Acanthus
Acanthus mollis has white flowers
Latin Name: 
Acanthus mollis
Family Name: 
Acanthaceae
Place of Origin: 
Mediterranean Region
Bloom Time: 
May
Jun
Jul
Garden Location: 
Across from Redwood Sec. & Mediterranean Garden