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Acanthus 'Summer Beauty'

Phonetic Spelling
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Description

Bear's Breaches 'Summer Beauty' is a clumping perennial cultivar that is a cross between Acanthus mollis x Acanthus spinosus.  Its large dark green leaves are attractive and the flowers which form spikes make a statement in the landscape.  Plant in the full sun to partial shade in well-drained soil.  It can tolerate a wide variety of soil types and browsing by rabbits.  Their bold shape makes them an excellent specimen plant or they work in small groups in borders or in formal gardens.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#specimen#rabbit resistant#cream flowers#glossy leaves#large flowers#creamy white#attractive foliage#formal garden#borders#english garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#vertical spaces#early summer flowers#small group plantings
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#showy flowers#specimen#rabbit resistant#cream flowers#glossy leaves#large flowers#creamy white#attractive foliage#formal garden#borders#english garden#late spring flowers#mid-summer flowers#vertical spaces#early summer flowers#small group plantings
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Acanthus
    Family:
    Acanthaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Herbaceous Perennial
    Perennial
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Appendage:
    Thorns
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Shallow Rocky
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Purple/Lavender
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Spike
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Lipped
    Flower Petals:
    Bracts
    fused petals
    Flower Description:
    Large spikes of creamy white resemble hooded snapdragons with spiny purple bracts extend above the leaves 4'-6' in the air
  • Leaves:
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Dark green glossy leaves ' long
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Vertical Spaces
    Landscape Theme:
    Cutting Garden
    English Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Border
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Rabbits
    Problems:
    Spines/Thorns