Acanthus ilicifolius growing rhizome herbaceous of the genus Acanthus also known as Sea holly, Acanthus ilicifolius perennial evergreen or deciduous used as ornamental drought tolerant plant, can grow in subtropics, mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 7-11.

Leaves color green in oval shape lobed with spines in the edges.

Acanthus ilicifolius flower

Flower color purple in apron shape and yellow top, flowers grow on stem between two leaves one in the top and the other in the bottom.

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Requirements for Acanthus ilicifolius growing and care:

Mulch, well drain soil

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seed / Vegetative Reproduction

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?

Difficulties or problems when growing:

Recommended planting season?
Spring, summer

Pests and diseases:
Slug, snail

Pruning season:
Autumn, winter

How to prune:
Dry stalks and leaves

Size of the plant?
30-150 cm, 12-60 inches

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun (not in hot summer) / Half Shade / Full Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:

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General information about the flower
Purple flowers with yellow top, flowers grow on stem

Scientific name:

Acanthus ilicifolius

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