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A picture of a Bear's breeches

Bear's breeches

Acanthus montanus

Also known as

Brank-ursine, Mountain Thistle

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Full Sun
Moderate watering
Tender

H1c

RHS hardiness

5°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

2m

Max

1.8m

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

Bear's breeches Overview

Syn. Acanthus barteri. This soft-stemmed shrub has dark glossy green leaves with some silvering, deeply sinuate to shallowly pinnatifid, and the margins are coarsely spiny. Very pale pink flowers appear in summer. The upper bract is larger than the lower.

Common problems with Bear's breeches

How to propagate Bear's breeches

Division

By seed or division in early autumn or spring.

Seed

Cuttings

By root cuttings in winter.

Other uses of Bear's breeches

Grown for foliage and structural interest. Also used in traditional medicine to treat various ailments in West Africa, including high blood pressure, coughs, gastro-intestinal diseases, venereal diseases and painful menses.