Acanthus x 'Whitewater'

Whitewater Bear's Breeches

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Whitewater Bear's Breeches is a dramatic clump-forming perennial with large dark green variegated thistle-like foliage mottled with white.  The small creamy  snapdragon like flowers are inclosed by a spiny white bracts with pink tips arranged in vertical rows on large bright red  flower spikes from late spring to mid summer.   Flowers best in well-drained soils and appreciates afternoon shade in the South.  Whitewater has good slug resistance.

Type: 

Perennial

Height: 

3' - 4'

Spread: 

2' - 3'

Spacing: 

2’

USDA Hardiness Zone: 

7 - 10

Culture: 

Full SunPart Sun

Bloom Color: 

White

Season of Interest: 

SpringSummer

MAINTENANCE NEEDS: Low Maintenance.  Regular water.  Cannot tolerate wet soils.  No serious pests or diseases.   Watch for snails and slugs.  Can be an aggressive spreader.

LANDSCAPE USES:  Specimen or Mass Plantings, Borders,  Wildlife GardensFoundation Plantings, and Containers.

COMPANION PLANTS:   BergeniaCoral BellsFoam Flower 

IMAGE: Photo by Leonora (Ellie) EnkingAcanthus spinosus

 

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