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. Plants tolerate a wide range of conditions including coastal and exposed gardens, with sturdy leaves and flower spikes.  They self seed in the right conditions.

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 the seeds within a month of ordering as the seeds can dry out.  Sow in spring or autumn.  Sow in a tray or cells of moist seed compost, keep at 10-15 degrees Celsius 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.  If you need to store the seeds, keep in a dry, sealed container in a cool place.


Plants die back in the winter, though some young leaves remain.  Cut back 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 keeping the plants moist.