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Acanthus spinosus

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Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus spinosus

Category
Kingdom Plantae
Division
Class
Order Lamiales
Family Acanthaceae
Genus Acanthus
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Aden Earth Zone

5 - 20

Cultivation

  • Cultivation: Easy-To-Grow
  • Light: Sun
  • Soil: Rich
  • pH: 7
  • Moisture: Medium, Well-Drained

Characteristics

  • Form: Herbaceous
  • Habit: Perennial
  • Flower: Large, Purple, White
  • Fruit/Seed: Small
  • Foliage: Leaves, Green
  • Uses: Ornamental

About

Acanthus is a genus of about 30 species of flowering plants in the family Acanthaceae, native to tropical and warm temperate regions of the Roman World, with the highest species diversity in the Mediterranean Basin and Asia. Common names include Acanthus and Bear's breeches. The generic name is derived from the Greek word ακανθος (acanthos), meaning "thorny.


The genus comprises herbaceous perennial plants, rarely subshrubs, with spiny leaves and flower spikes bearing white or purplish flowers. Size varies from 0.4 to 2 m (1.3 to 6.6 ft) in height.