Gardening Magazine

Plant of the Week: Acanthus Mollis

By Davis Landscape Architecture @DavisLandArch
Acanthus mollis flower (16/05/2011, Paris)

Acanthus mollis flower (16/05/2011, Paris)

Position: Flourishes in full sun to partial shade.

Soil: moist and well drained.

Flowering period: Late summer.

Eventual Height: 1.5m

Eventual Spread: 90cm

Hardiness: USDA Zone 7b-9a

Family: Acanthaceae

Acanthus mollis is an semi-evergreen perennial with a clump forming habit. It has obovate, deeply lobed, dark green leaves. In summer it bears 1m long racemes composed of white flowers with purple shaded bracts, often on purple stems.

A. mollis also known as Bear’s Breeches is native to south west Europe and north west Africa. It features in Greek mythology and was also used in stone carvings by both the Greeks and the Romans to decorate a wide range of architectural features, such as Corinthian and Composite order columns, dentils, and friezes. In Greek mythology Acantha was a nymph who resisted Apollo’s romantic advances and was turned into the plant as punishment.

Acanthus is derived fro the ancient Greek akanthos meaning ‘a prickle’ in reference to some members of the genus being spiny. mollis is derived from the Latin translating as ‘soft’, ‘tender’ or ‘velvety’.

Acanthus mollis flower (16/05/2011, Paris)

Acanthus mollis flower (16/05/2011, Paris)

This plant may be usefull to the landscape architect as an effective ground cover plant which tolerates a shady location. It provides dramatic flowering spikes during the summer months and has large bold leaves.

This plant will tolerate almost any soil conditions; it will be happy in acid, neutral or alkaline pH levels, in loam, sand or chalk in a sheltered or exposed location facing any aspect including shady locations.

Ecologically this plant will cater to pollinating insects such as bees.

Maintenance: Requires little to no maintenance, flower stems may be cut back after flowering. If the clumps become too large they may be split in spring or autumn. Powdery mildew may occasionally be a problem, generally under dry climatic cconditions.


You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • Gorgeous Video Fairytale Wedding Mykonos

    Today, we’re sharing with you a fairytale wedding video in Mykonos that you will love! Gaelle and Habib sealed their love in a wonderful outdoor venue... Read more

    6 hours, 48 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • Cameraless and Twitchy

    Cameraless Twitchy

    On the advice of my friend Cory, I've taken my camera to a professional for cleaning. (Who knew fungus could grow on lenses?) I'll be cameraless for about ten... Read more

    7 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Vickilane
    CREATIVITY, PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Boho Indian Styled Shoot on the Beach

    Boho Indian Styled Shoot Beach

    Today, we’re sharing with you a boho, Indian styled shoot by the beach, so if you’re a free spirit and a boho-lover you’re going to love this as much as we do! Read more

    8 hours, 20 minutes ago by   Eleni Balkouli
    LIFESTYLE, TRAVEL, WEDDING
  • Summertime Neurology Blues

    Summertime Neurology Blues

    We hit the road last week for another trek to see the neurologist. We usually enjoy these long rides up into the heart of Arkansas, but it seems we can’t... Read more

    11 hours, 26 minutes ago by   Livingwithss
    HEALTH
  • My New Boyfriend and Current Running Status

    Boyfriend Current Running Status

    Long time, no blogging. Well, still not running over here. Turns out the PT wants me to be able to do single leg squats on my "bad leg" for two minutes before... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Brisdon
    ATHLETICS, FITNESS
  • Sedo Weekly Sales Led by SecureChain.com

    Sedo reported their weekly sales and SecureChain.com led the way at $30,000. OnlineCasino.mx was the number two sale at 19,600 Euros. ($22,715). 59 .com sales 1... Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Worldwide
    BUSINESS, TECH
  • Woodinville Straight Bourbon Review

    Woodinville Straight Bourbon Review

    Woodinville Straight Bourbon is made in Washington and the distillery is one of LVMH’s (Glenmo and Ardbeg) latest acquisitions. Read more

    The 19 June 2018 by   Josh Peters
    DRINK

Magazines