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Acanthus mollis Reut, Israel
JLBG @ Juniper Level Botanic Gdn, NC

Acanthus mollis Reut, Israel

Kosher Bear's Breech

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Item #: 9811

Zones: 7a to 10b, at least

Dormancy: Winter

Height: 24" tall

Culture: Part Sun to Shade

Origin: Mediterranean Europe

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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In 2011, while Israeli nurseryman Moti Kopilovitch was visiting and discussing our acanthus selections, we explained that most of the Acanthus mollis we tried did not survive our hot, humid summers. Moti was kind enough to share seed of a form of bear's breech that thrives in Israel's hot climate (Zone 10-11), and we are thrilled to share the plants with you. Acanthus mollis makes a 2' tall x 3' wide clump of broad, glossy-green, deeply indented leaves which go into a midsummer lull but kick back into high gear with the return of cooler nights. The clumps are topped with 4' tall spikes of spiny purple and white flowers. Bear's breech is propagated from root cuttings, so if you dig around a mature acanthus, you will create cuttings. Acanthus mollis was named as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years by the Royal Horticultural Society...quite an honor.

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