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Acanthus balcanicus
Balkan Bear's Breeches
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Category: Perennials
Hardiness Zone: 7 to 9
AHS Heat Zone: 12 to 1
Light: Full sun

A. balcanicus is an outstanding perennial with distinctive, deeply lobed, dark green foliage. Excellent foliage plant. Sold under the names of A. hungaricus and A. longifolius, plants are also similar in habit and flower to A. mollis. The leaves are lobed with wide gaps between the lobes (the gap is referred to as a sinus), and the lobes are narrowed at the base, characteristics that distinguish it from A. mollis. The beautiful flower stems rise an additional 3 to 4' and bear numerous white and purple flowers in mid- to late summer. The bracts surrounding the flowers have 5 to 7 veins and are very sharp. The foliage is more winter hardy than the flowers and the leaves may emerge in the spring but no flowers may occur. Plants perform well in most gardens, and they perform better in southeastern gardens than A. mollis.

Plant Profile
Family Acanthaceae
Origin Serbia, Romania, Greece
Maintenance Low to Moderate
Height 3' to 4'
Spread 30" to 3'
Growth Habit Rounded
Growth Rate Fast
Flower Colors Lavender
Foliage Colors Dark green
Soil Moisture Well-drained
Soil pH Acidic
Bloom Time Late spring to Late summer
Uses Erosion control, Specimen, Mass planting, Cut Flowers

Nice to know
Moderately drought tolerant. Flower heads make attractive additions to arrangements.

Recommended Fertilizer
For use on Perennials: STA-GREEN® 3-MonthTM Nursery Special®

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