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Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches)

Tubular creamy white or pink flowers with lilac or rose hoods that resemble snapdragons bloom vertically on bold flower spikes, bearing leaves that are lobed and shiny dark green. Moderate growth rate.

The genus ‘Acanthus’ comes from the Greek work ‘akantha’ meaning spine, in reference to the tooth-like leaves found on some species.

Blooms mid to late summer
3-5 ft tall x 2-3 ft spread
HARDY to 0°F (-17.8°C)
Attracts butterflies
Drought tolerant

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Zone Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade
Moisture Low to Moderate Moisture

*2020 Perennial of the Year*

An interesting foliage plant for the shade. Chartreuse and lime green foliage in full shade and bright yellow in part sun. Tiny white blooms appear in late summer and are followed by ornamental and inedible purple-black fruit. Fast growth rate.

Blooms mid-to late summer
3-6 ft tall x 3-6 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Deer resistant
Attracts birds

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Glistening gold blades with green margins curl elegantly downward on this grass that many say is the most striking Sedge. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early spring
2-3 ft tall x 2-3 ft wide
HARDY to -20­°F (-28.9°C)
Deer and rabbit resistant

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Dense clumps of arching stems, with brilliant golden green-to-chartreuse leaves in cascading layers resemble dwarf bamboo. Hidden among the foliage are tiny delicate green flower heads. The foliage turns to an attractive golden tan shade as the weather cools. Slow growth rate.

Blooms late summer to early fall
1-2 ft tall x 1-2 ft spread
HARDY to -20°F (-28.9°C)
Shade tolerant
Deer and rabbit resistant
Groundcover

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Clump-forming purple leaves with black veining and violet undersides grow below tall stems with small white and pink bell-shaped flowers. Fast growth rate.

Blooms early to late summer
1 ft tall x 1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Salt tolerant

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These shade-loving, rhizomatous, clump-forming perennials bear bright green leaves, which have deeply impressed veins, with pale chartreuse margins. Light lavender bell-shaped flowers bloom on one-sided racemes atop tall bracted scapes. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms mid-summer
2-3 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Moderate salt tolerance
Tolerant to juglone

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This perennial features flowers donning purple standards and purple falls that sport yellow and white eyes that have distinctive black veining on tall slender stalks with narrow, sword-shaped green leaves. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
3-3.5 ft tall x 1.5-2 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Tolerant to juglone
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant

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Petite spikes of deep violet blue flowers on dark purple calyces grow on bright green stems in round clumps, along with gray-green aromatic lanceolate foliage. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms early summer
1-1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -40°F (-40°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Fragrant

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(Date Night™ Series) This deciduous shrub boasts crisp white trumpet-shaped flowers on contrasting deep burgundy-purple foliage that appears black and creates vivid interest in the garden. Moderate growth rate.

Blooms late spring to early summer
4-5 ft tall x 3-4 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Attracts bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds
Deer and rabbit resistant
Fragrant

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(Desert Eve™ Series) Large flat clusters of tiny dark pink flowers open on fine fern-like foliage; often used in dried flower arrangements. Fast growth rate.

Blooms from early summer to fall
1-1.5 ft tall x 1-1.5 ft spread
HARDY to -30°F (-34.4°C)
Moderate salt tolerance
Tolerant to juglone
Drought tolerant
Fragrant foliage

Other plants in the Desert Eve Series

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