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ACANTHUS mollis 'Oak Leaf'
Bank Ursine, Bear's Breeches, Oak Leaf Bear's Breeches
This cultivar of the popular bear’s breech has bigger leaves that are more deeply lobed, almost oak-like. It is an interesting Old World perennial that has a coarse upright habit that adds texture to sunny gardens. Bear's breech is quite hardy and summer-blooming. It is native to regions in southwestern Europe, though it has been in cultivation for a long time.
The deeply lobed, coarse leaves are rich dark green and form large rosettes. In summer, it produces tall upright spikes of two-lipped, tubular maroon and white flowers. Once spent, the old blooms should be cut back to make best of the semi-evergreen foliage.
This perennial grows best in full to partial sun and fertile soil with average drainage. It is an old-fashioned perennial that’s commonly planted in historic gardens across Europe. Both the foliage and flowers bring striking interest to the garden.
12 - 7
7 - 11
4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Full Sun, Partial Sun
3'-5' / 0.9m - 1.5m (4)
Early Summer, Summer, Late Summer
Southern Europe, Western Europe, Africa
Spring, Summer, Fall
White, Burgundy, Chocolate, Ivory
Cutflower, Feature Plant, Mixed Border
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