How to grow Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus grow and care – rhizome herbaceous of the genus Acanthus also known as Spiny bear’s breech, Acanthus spinosus perennial evergreen or summer deciduous used as ornamental drought tolerant ground cover plant, can grow in subtropics mediterranean or temperate climate and growing in hardiness zone 6-11a.

Leaves color green in spoon shape deeply lobed with spines in the edge.

Acanthus spinosus plant flower

Flower color purple-pink in the top white in the bottom in oyster shape.

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How to grow Acanthus spinosus 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 indoor as houseplant?

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

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Spring / Summer / Autumn (rarely)

General information about the flower:
Purple-pink flowers in the top and white in the bottom in oyster shape to mouth shape.

Scientific name:

Acanthus spinosus

How to grow Acanthus spinosus

Acanthus spinosus care

Acanthus spinosus plant


Blooming Seasons
  • Summer flowers
Flower colors
  • Pink flower
  • Purple flower
  • Mediterranean Climate
  • Subtropics Climate
  • Temperate Climate
Ornamental parts
  • Ornamental flower
  • Ornamental leaves
  • Ornamental plant
Plant growing speed
  • Average growing plants
Plant life-form
  • Deciduous
  • Evergreen
  • Herbaceous
  • Perennial plant
Plant Uses
  • Drought tolerant plants
  • Indoor plants
  • Ornamental plants
Planting Season
  • Spring Planting
  • Summer planting
Plants sun exposure
  • Full sun Plants
  • Part shade Plants
  • Shade Plants
Watering plants
  • Big amount of water
  • Regularly water
Hardiness zone
  • Hardiness zone 10
  • Hardiness zone 11
  • Hardiness zone 6
  • Hardiness zone 7
  • Hardiness zone 8
  • Hardiness zone 9