Whitewater Acanthus

Acanthus 'Whitewater' PP #23,342

This truly striking new introduction is the perfect way to brighten a shady garden. Tall pink flower stalks hold ghostly white flowers that blush as they age above big, deeply lobed leaves sprayed with white. Perfect under the canopies of trees. Flower stalks are good for cutting. A bold and unique accent plant. Evergreen in mild-winter climates.
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Full shade, Partial shade

Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationa-KANTH-us MAW-liss
LoreIn the 5th century BCE, Greek sculptor Callimachus was inspired by the leaf shape of an Acanthus plant when he created the crown of the Corinthian column, which has since been used extensively in Greco-Roman architecture.
Average Size at MaturityQuickly reaches 3 ft. tall and wide, flowers reach 4 ft.
Bloom TimeSummer
Design IdeasPlant alongside paths where its dramatic, tropical looking leaves can be seen up close, or set back in a woodland garden to brighten a gloomy spot. No matter where you put this Acanthus, it won't be overlooked! Use it to add contrast against plants with fine texture or dark foliage. Is particularly dramatic in front of plants with red or purple leaves.
Deciduous/ EvergreenSemi-evergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorVariegated
Garden StyleCottage, Tropical
Growth HabitSpreading
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Firescaping/Fire Wise, Mass Planting, Specimen, Woodland Garden, Cutting Garden, Accent, Dry Shade
Light NeedsFull shade, Partial shade
Patent ActAsexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.
Special FeatureClump Forming, Dramatic Foliage Color, Shade Loving, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsCoral Bells (Heuchera); Mukdenia (Mukdenia); Hosta (Hosta); Japanese Forest Grass (Hakenochloa); Bugleweed (Ajuga)

Easily grown in average, evenly moist, well-drained soil. Protect from harsh afternoon sun. 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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 7-10

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