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Drought Tolerant Perennials

Acanthus spinosus

Spiny Bear's Breeches
The hardiest of the "Bear's Breaches", this bold accent plant has large shiny green thistle-like foliage and 3' flower spikes with soft mauve blossoms. We have found that siting it in a well-drained spot in full sun in a soil that warms up early in the season allows this plant to really thrive. Flowering begins in June and continues into July. Sometimes mislabeled as Acanthus hungaricus, which has slightly more lobed than pointy leaves.
Genus Acanthus
Common Name Spiny Bear's Breeches
Hardiness Zone 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
Light Requirements Part Sun, Full Sun
Seasonal Interest Summer
Season of Blooming Summer
Use Bed, Specimen, Groundcover, Ornamental, Massing
Special Attributes Butterfly Attracting, Hummingbird Attracting, Deer Resistant, Drought Tolerant, Easy Care, Foliage Interest
Color Lavender