Native to a broad sweep of the Mediterranean, Acanthus are wonderfully decorative plants that have been in cultivation since antiquity.
Virgil described a dress embroidered with Acanthus leaves worn by Helen of Troy.
They are large plants, both vigorous and robust, with deeply cut, dark green, soft, glossy leaves that remain year round, except in very harsh winters.
The imposing flower stems are curious white and purple bracts that are both long lasting and elegant.
Grow in well drained soil in a sunny or partially shaded position. One plant can occupy a square metre so give them space. Protect from winter wet until established.
Photo: Blackstem Plants
Glossy, dark green
Deep, fertile, well drained
Full sun to partial shade