In Greece, designs derived from the shape of acanthus leaves can be admired on Corinthian columns. The stately plant, which may grow into a considerable clump, also bears unusually shaped flower spikes, even containing spines.


Definitely a specimen plant for a sunny spot. It may also be grown in the border, provided it is given plenty of room.


The acanthus likes nutritious, somewhat calcareous loamy soil. In winter the soil must not be too damp; it should therefore be well drained.


From seed. In addition larger plants may be divided. Propagation from root cuttings is also possible.

Acanthus mollis: Height 100-150 cm, flowering mid to late summer. Petals whitish with some purple.

Acanthus mollis

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