Acanthus Mollis Bears Breeches
Acanthus mollis more commonly known as Bear’s Breeches is a large very decorative long-lived perennial for the shady corners of the garden.
The unique purple and white flowers on tall stems and makes dramatic long-lasting cut or dried flowers. This hardy plant needs plenty of space and dislikes being disturbed.
Details Acanthus mollis Bears Breeches
- Not eaten by animals
- Spreads over the years
- Bee Friendly
- Blooms: July – September
- Flower colour: purple
- Full grown: 5 Years
- Full grown height: 1 – 1.50 m
- Full grown width: 25 – 50 cm
- Plant location: sunny
- Plant depth: 15 cm
- Plant spacing: 40 cm
How to take care of Bears Breeches
Bears Breeches can be invasive, so either plant Bears Breeches in large containers or in a permanent place at the back of the border. Bears Breeches dislike being disturbed. Young plants need extra phosphorus to encourage good root development.
Plant Bears Breeches in a well-drained soil in full sun or partial shade. Bears Breeches are hardy but the crowns need mulch for the first two winters. Cut back to nearly ground level once the flowering season is over.
Bears Breeches often take two – three years to bloom. Divide Bears Breeches after 3 -5 blooming seasons in either spring or autumn. The easiest way to increase your plants is by taking cuttings in late autumn and early winter.
Bears Breeches will fail to grow if your soil is too heavy and has poor drainage. All Bears Breeches tend to perform unevenly, even when grown in full sun. Snails and slugs can do substantial damage if left unchecked.