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Acanthus mollis 'Wofford Rhubarb'
Wofford Rhubarb Bear's Breeches / Acanthus

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CULTURAL CONDITIONS

Plant Min Zone: 6a

Plant Max Zone: 9a

Sunlight: Part Sun, Shade

Water / Rainfall: Average

Soil Quality: Average, Rich

FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE

Bloom Season: Early Summer, Summer

Flower Color: White, Lavender, Mauve, Multi-Colored

Berry / Fruit Color: None

Spring Foliage Color: Dark Green

Summer Foliage Color: Dark Green

Fall Foliage Color: Dark Green

Evergreen Foliage: No

Winter Interest: No

Scented Flowers: No

PLANT TOLERANCES

Drought Tolerance: Low, Medium

Wet-Feet Tolerance: Low

Humidity Tolerance: Low, Medium

Wind Tolerance: Low

Poor Soil Tolerance: No Extreme Soils

GROWTH AND MAINTENANCE

Height: 1.5' - 3'

Width: 2' - 3'

Growth Rate: Medium

Service Life: Long: 5-10 years

Maintenance Need: Medium

Spreading Potential: Low

Yearly Trimming Tips: Trim Perennial to Ground Around First Fall Freeze: No Winter Interest.

PLANT USES AND LIMITATIONS

Plant Grouping Size: Specimen Planting of 1-3, Small Grouping of 3-5

Best Side of House: South Exposure, East Exposure

Extreme Planting Locations: Resistant to Rabbits

Ornamental Features: Multiple Seasons of Interest, Long Lasting Fall Color, Large Tropical Foliage / Flowers, Exceptional / Colorful Foliage

Special Landscape Uses: None

Possible Pest Problems: Root Rot Disease

Plant Limitations: May get Occasional Winter-kill, Needs Thick Winter Mulch, May be Poisonous

Description

Bear's Breeches / Acanthus is a clump-forming perennial that is grown as much for its attractive dark green foliage as for its architecturally bold flower spikes. It is native to the Mediterranean region. Flowers are creamy white (sometimes pinkish) and snapdragon-like. Foliage is mostly evergreen in warm winter climates, but plants lose their leaves when winter temperatures dip below 20°F. Foliage is usually persisting until mid-early December in Kansas. If low temperatures hit -10 degrees F, it may kill an un-mulched plant; protect any zone 6 perennial with thick layer of mulch. Established plants survived -16 degrees F and a week of single digit highs in February, 2021. Acanthus may be grown a potted patio plant for full to part shade. Grown in a raised pot, they are hardy to about 15-20° so you may be able to miss the first few frosts when moving them in for the winter. Before extreme cold, overwinter in a dark garage or basement with monthly watering to encourage dormancy. Alternatively, it can maintain growing in a bright window as a houseplant. Either way, they will hold up very well in the winter and maintain their attractive foliage. In spring, just cut off dead foliage and place back out in April or May with a time-release fertilizer. Acanthus mollis 'Wofford Rhubarb' features beautiful red leaf stalks.

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