Acanthus hungaricus

9cm pot £8.99
available to order from summer
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Buy Acanthus hungaricus bear's breeches: Dramatic and architectural

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: deep, fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast growing
  • Flowering period: May to July
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Prolific and easy to grow, this acantus produces upright flower spikes, which bear white or pale pink flowers, each with green or a purplish hood, above mounds of deeply divided foliage. The rigid habit of the flowerspikes make them ideal for creating vertical interest in the herbaceous border, and they also look good in more naturalistic planting schemes. Originating from open woodlands and scrub, this form is more tolerant of shade than most.

  • Garden care: To minimise the risk of powdery mildew taking hold ensure that the plant is watered well during hot, dry spells. To rejuvenate and minimise congestion lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring.

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Every year I buy something from crocus and I've not been let down so far especially the plants always grow to a good quality

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Quality plant, as always. Well packed for delivery.

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Acanthus - 'Bears Breeches' I bought this plant from you last year and although it is still alive it doesn't grow very big and has never really formed any breeches. What am I doing wrong? Thank you

Lis Wallace

Hello There, I am not really sure why your Acanthus is not thriving, although it is worth keeping in mind that they die right back in autumn and wont really have started growing much (if at all) just yet this year. If you planted yours later in the year last year, then this would explain while there has been little growth, but if it was planted in the earlier part of the year then perhaps the plant was concentrating on putting on root growth rather than top growth. They like a spot in full sun or partial shade with deep, fertile, well-drained soil and given time they are quite boisterous, so I would try to improve the growing conditions if you can and hopefully you will see some action soon. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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Why won't my Bear's breeches flower? It's in a half sunny/half shaded spot and it's leaves seem healthy enough - altough some of them have brown edges - and I've been feeding it. Yet it just won't flower. Any ideas. Thanks, Andree

Andree Frieze

Hello Andree, The most likely cause is either too much shade, or not enough of the right nutrients. To encourage flowering, you can feed it with a high potash fertiliser, which should give it a bit of a push. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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