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Acanthus Whitewater
(Bears Breeches)


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July - August
150cm x 90cm
Partial Shade, Shade
Dried Flowers
Fully Hardy
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If it’s a whitewater ride of excitement you are looking for from your plants then this bear’s breeches is the one for you! Startling waves of white really stand this statuesque perennial out from the crowd.

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Acanthus Whitewater bears ginormous show-stopping leaves, splashed heavily with ripples of white with bold margins. During the summer the impressive foliage is joined by erect flower stems producing funnel-shaped, pink and white flowers. This wonderfully showy perennial is as magnificent as a palladian mansion, but wholely easier and cheaper to maintain. A real showy edition to the border where it helps to both contrast and add colour, whilst adding structural interest rivalled by none, you can also grow this Acanthus in a large pot on the patio. This wonderful, large perennial is as vigorous as it is luminous with a clump forming habit. Just beware, the deep roots of this Acanthus are extremely difficult to eradicate completely should you decide the spot you have planted it in is not where you want it.    

Planting Conditions

Plant in partial shade for the best leaf and flower colour. In cooler summers Acanthus will tolerate being planted in full sun. This easy to grow perennial will tolerate most soil types provided they are well-drained. Adding some sand or grit to wet soils will improve drainage.

Watering & Feeding

Keep well watered when first planted but once established Acanthus are fairly drought tolerant. Allow the soil to dry slightly between waterings.

General Care

Generally pest and disease free. Remove flower stems once they fade. Plants may become difficult to eradicate once established.