Acanthus spinosus

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Very rarely-offered 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

Seeds per pack: 2

Availability: These seeds are available for a very limited time. If these seeds are showing out of stock, we strongly recommend joining our wait list, as these seeds have a very shorty viability window (so we don't offer them for very long) and this helps ensure you get the freshest seeds possible! If they are available, they will only be available for a short time.

Germination: Obtain a planting container that has holes in the bottom for excess water to drain. Place the seeds under surface of your growing medium, and water. Place your container at room temperature, and be sure to keep the soil moist during this entire germination period. Seedlings will sprout in 6-8 weeks.

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