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Bearsbreech

Acanthus mollis

Plant Data

Order:
Lamiales
Family:
Acanthaceae (Bearsbreech)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Tall spike of white flowers with purple veins.
Fruit:
An ovoid capsule which contains 2-4 black seeds.
Leaves:
Glossy green leaves, growing up to 60cm in length. The leaves are also pinnate with deep lobes, pointed but not spiny. A similar species called Spiny Bearsbreech (Acanthus spinosus) exists but is more hairy and has spiny leaf margins.
Maximum Size:
180cm tall.
Other Names:
Artist's Acanthus, Bearsfoot, False Orchid, Grecian Pattern Plant, Oak Leaf Acanthus, Oyster Plant, Sea Dock.
Habitats:
Gardens, scrub, wasteland, woodland.