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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
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Other common names
bear's breech bear's breeches
brank ursine common bear's breech soft-leaved bear's breech
Acanthus lusitanicus hort. Acanthus spinosisimus Host
Acanthus are robust herbaceous perennials with handsome, lobed foliage and tall, erect racemes of two-lipped flowers with colourful bracts
A. mollis is a vigorous plant with large, glossy dark green leaves, pinnately lobed and, in late summer, tall racemes of white flowers with dusky purple bracts
S Europe, NW Africa
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or East-facing or West-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
SoilLoam, Chalk, Sand
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
The ideal soil is a deep, fertile, well-drained loam but it will grow in most soils and has good drought tolerance.
Propagate by division or by root cuttings
Suggested planting locations and garden types
Drought Resistant Flower borders and beds Cut Flowers Low Maintenance
Architectural Cottage & Informal Garden Mediterranean Climate Plants
Pruning Cut down old flower stems
Pests Generally pest free
Powdery mildews may be a problem
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