Also known as
Brank-ursine, Mountain Thistle
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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.
How to propagate Bear's breeches
By seed or division in early autumn or spring.
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.