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Acanthus hungaricus

Hungarian Bear's Breeches

It forms a clump of large, mean-looking, spiny, green leaves and produces dramatic, upright spikes of hooded blooms rising above the foliage. Avoid wet soil conditions in the winter.

  • »  AKA Acanthus balcanus
  • »  Hardier species than Acanthus mollis
  • »  Dark green spiny leaves look similar to a thistle
  • »  Flower spikes of pink and white are quite prickly to the touch
  • »  Easy to care for and slow-growing
  • »  Deer and rabbit resistant
  • »  Bloom Time: Mid to late summer

Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade
Soil Moisture
Moist to Average
Average to Dry Soils
Attracts Wildlife
Attracts Butterflies
Growth Rate
Flowering Time
Lt. Sum-Fall
Foliage Color
Green (dark)
Landscape uses
Planting instructions
Container Plants
Growing & Maintenance Tips for Acanthus hungaricus

Apply mulch in the fall for overwintering. Acanthus do not like to have their 'feet' wet in the winter months. May take a few years to flower, but are worth the wait. Once the blooms are finished, they should be cut back to encourage new foliage growth until frost.