• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Quickly reaches 4 ft. tall and wide, or wider.
    Key Feature:
    Easy Care Plant
    Blooms:
    Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:a-KANTH-us MOL-lis
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:5 - 24, 28 - 32
    Growth habit:Spreading
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Quickly reaches 4 ft. tall and wide, or wider.
    Special features:Easy Care, Fast Growing, Gift Plant
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Spring
    Flower color:White
    Garden styleCottage, Tropical
    Design IdeasPlant alongside paths where its dramatic, tropical looking leaves can be seen up close. For relief from the garden's many small, busy green leaves, or as a backdrop to brightly colored perennials and low-flowering shrubs, this Acanthus is unequaled.
    Companion PlantsHimalayan Birch (Betula utilis); Hosta (Hosta); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakenochloa); Jacob's Ladder (Polemonium); Coral Bells (Heuchera)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. Spreads by creeping roots; use a root barrier to contain. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Remove old foliage as new growth appears in early spring. Clip flower stalks after bloom.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial shade to partial sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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