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Acanthus spinosus
SPINY BEAR'S BRITCHES

SKU: 1222-002
Regular price 14.99
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Very rarely-offered large seeds, this Spiny Bear's Britches is stand-out!

Acanthus spinosus is an herbaceous perennial growing to 150 cm (59 in) tall by 60–90 cm (24–35 in) wide. The deeply cut leaves have spiny margins, and in early summer it bears showy pink-purple flowers! It is native to southern Europe, from Italy to western Turkey.

It is thought that both A. spinosus and its close relative A. mollis were introduced to Britain as ornamental and herbal plants from the Mediterranean in Roman times. It is now a regular feature of the herbaceous border. For centuries, stone or bronze stylized versions of acanthus leaves have appeared as decoration on certain styles of architecture and furniture.

These seeds are available for a very limited time.

Type: Hardy perennial

Height: 150 cm, 59"

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 6-11

Germination: Start these seeds right away for best germination rates. Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature for 5 weeks. This helps break the phytohormones which inhibit germination. They will not grow yet. Then a cooling period is required. Cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 80 days. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to a cool room (15C, 59F) for them to germinate. Germination is generally 30-90 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.

Acanthus spinosus
SPINY BEAR'S BRITCHES

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Description

Very rarely-offered large seeds, this Spiny Bear's Britches is stand-out!

Acanthus spinosus is an herbaceous perennial growing to 150 cm (59 in) tall by 60–90 cm (24–35 in) wide. The deeply cut leaves have spiny margins, and in early summer it bears showy pink-purple flowers! It is native to southern Europe, from Italy to western Turkey.

It is thought that both A. spinosus and its close relative A. mollis were introduced to Britain as ornamental and herbal plants from the Mediterranean in Roman times. It is now a regular feature of the herbaceous border. For centuries, stone or bronze stylized versions of acanthus leaves have appeared as decoration on certain styles of architecture and furniture.

These seeds are available for a very limited time.

Type: Hardy perennial

Height: 150 cm, 59"

Location: Sun or part sun

Hardiness zones: 6-11

Germination: Start these seeds right away for best germination rates. Your planting container should have holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Sow the seeds just under the surface of a sterile seed-start mix, and water in. Leave them at room temperature for 5 weeks. This helps break the phytohormones which inhibit germination. They will not grow yet. Then a cooling period is required. Cover them with plastic and place in a fridge for 80 days. Be sure they stay moist. After the cold-moist stratification period they are then brought back to a cool room (15C, 59F) for them to germinate. Germination is generally 30-90 days after the warming period, though some can take longer.