Acanthus mollis which is also known as the Oyster Plant as well as ‘Bears Breeches”, and the related acanthus spinosa (see picture at right) are two of the best known species available for sale in Australia.
This is an evergreen perennial plant that will form a dense clump. Masses of low growing deep green glossy foliage, and tall spires of flower rising above in spring to summer.
A small clump will easily cover 1m and when planted beneath deciduous trees Acanthus mollis can make a good ground cover.
This plant does have its problems, mainly in that it will self seed. However deadheading can take care of that. Just remember to dispose of the seed heads.
Acanthus mollis is a fairly vigorous herbaceous perennial flowering during late spring through to early summer. Large dark glossy green leaves are a feature and rthe only issue you may have is with snails eating young plants.
Although sold as evergreen, in Australia during hot summers it will die back, so evergreen in some places and not others,
Acanthus mollis or ‘Bear’s breeches’ is an evergreen, perennial to 1 metre. Acanthus grows in an upright clump and can be good foliage plant underneath tree. White/purple flowers, well drained soil.
Look for other species including, A. spinosa or ‘spiny bears breeches’ and A. caroli-alexandri, an interesting form with deep finely cut ‘spiky’ foliage, this is a great ‘texture plant’.
Acanthus plants are available for sale from the following nurseries
52 Rodd St Canowindra NSW 2804
An online nursery specialising in drought and frost tolerant perennials and fragrant, edible and herbs.
395 Lesters Rd Ascot VIC 3364 - phone (03) 53434303
Specialising in beautiful perennials & bulbs including new releases from Europe & USA. Many hardy, rare & difficult to find ‘drought hardy’ plants, quality vegetable & flower seeds.
Large variety of Epimediums, Woodland plants and Herbaceous perennials
Mail order or nursery. We do not send to Tasmania or WA
'Umbango' 750 Humula Rd, Humula NSW 2652
Phone 0408692773 Great Range of Perennial plants available for sale by mail order.
1070 Jacksons Track, Jindivick 3818
Specialising in growing and selling Rare and Unusual Trees, shrubs Perennials Bulbs and Climbers, a unique nursery with amazing stock.
412 James Lane, Fern Hill VIC. 3458 - Phone 0419002651
Large range of Rare plants, Climbers, Bulbs, Perennials Fruit Trees, Ornamental Trees and Shrubs. Available both Retail and by Mail Order