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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
 Acanthus sp.
Family: Acanthaceae
Acanthus, Bear's Breeches
Origin: Mediterranean Basin, Asia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunShadeSemi-shadeRegular waterModerate waterOrnamental foliageDeciduousThorny or spinySubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.

Several species, especially A. balcanicus, A. spinosus and A. mollis, are grown as ornamental plants.


 Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus - Alligator Skin

Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus ilicifolius
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hungaricus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hungaricus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hungaricus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus syriacus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus syriacus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hybrid
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hybrid
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus mollis
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus hungaricus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus
Acanthus sp., Acanthus, Bear's Breeches

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Acanthus montanus


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Acanthus montanus, also known as African mountain acanthus, False Thistle, Bear's breech, Mountain Thistle, and Alligator Plant, is a thinly branched unusual perennial with interesting foliage, basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It produces showy pink flowers in the summer to fall. It is said it is cold hardy to zone 9. The plant looks better in filtered light.
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