Acanthus - A Kind Of Flower

Acanthus is a large distinctive leaves. Acanthus means arts. Acanthe is the French name. Acanthus is the latin name. Acanthus Flower is a giant circle inspired by traditional wrought iron designs. The elegantly curving lines meld beautifully with a flower composed of acanthus leaves. The acanthus leaf motif has remained popular throughout history for its sweeping sculptured form. This plant were immortalized in the Fifth Century B.C. in the design for the capital of the classic Greek Corinthian column. The lustrous, dark green leaves are up to a foot wide and two feet long, and the lush growth remains green year-round in mild climates. Leaves are tipped with thorns, and should be handled with gloves. Stalks of handsome, pale lilac and white flowers appear in early summer, and can reach a height of four to five feet. Flowers can be cut for indoor arrangements or dried, although the colors fade. Bear's breeches makes an excellent low-maintenance accent plant.

Easily grown in average, medium, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. Tolerates wide range of soils except poorly-drained ones. Appreciates some afternoon shade in hot summer climates such as St. Louis. Not reliably winter hardy throughout USDA Zone 5 where a winter mulch is advisable. Easily grown from seed or may be propagated by root cuttings best taken in early spring. Can spread invasively by creeping rootstocks, particularly in loose soils. Can be slow to establish in the garden, but somewhat difficult to eradicate once established since small sections of root left behind can sprout new plants.

Acanthus is a very easy plant to care for, it requires watering until flowering if conditions become too dry.

Brief Information:

Botanic Name : Acanthus

Planting Condition : In full sun or partial share

Type: perennial

Propagation: seeds, division

Flower Color: shades of blue

Bloom Time: late spring / early summer

Height: Up to 5 feet

Width: three feet or so

Soil Requirements: well-drained

Zones: 6-10

Uses: accent plant

Pests and Diseases : Powdery mildew, but usually trouble free


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