Acanthus mollis L.

Bear's Breeches

Perennial herb, dying down each year in summer. Leaves dark green, glossy, pinnately lobed. Flower spikes with spiny, ovate bracts. Flowers white. Shows a tendency to spread, sometimes being difficult to eradicate; naturalised in SA and Qld.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Acanthaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Lamiales
family       Acanthaceae
genus        Acanthus L.