Photo Courtesy of Ball Horticultural Company

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


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