Acanthus mollis / Bear's Breeches / Seeds

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Acanthus mollis / Bear's Breeches / Seeds

A striking architectural plant, grown in gardens since early Greek and Roman times.  Acanthus mollis grows 1 1.5m in height producing tall rose/white spikes of flowers in mid summer over big attractive leaves.   Impressive in a border, singly or in groups.

Acanthus likes rich moist well drained soil and sun or part-shade conditions. This particular variety of Acanthus can tolerate more shade than most others. 
 

Pack of 8 seeds.  Easy to grow.  Sow in spring or autumn. Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the packet.

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Hardiness Hardy perennial (RHS Hardiness H7)
Flowers Mid to late summer
Height 1 - 1.5m
Spread 1 - 1.5m
Conditions  Sun to part shade and moist, rich, well-drained soil
Sow

Sow spring or autumn.  Sow in a tray or cells of moist seed compost,keep at 10-15 degrees Celcius and germination takes 2-4 weeks.  Transfer seedlings to small pots and plant outside after the last frost and after hardening off. 

Flowers start in the second season. 

Sow the seeds a month of ordering as the seeds can dry out.  If you need to store the seeds, put in a dry,sealed container and keep in a cool place.
Grow

Plants die back in the winter,though some young leaves remain.  Cutback flower stems in late summer and remove old or damaged leaves. 

Plants can be divided every 3-5 years in spring or autumn. 

Plants can be affected by mildrew - this can be minimised by not letting the soil dry out too much.