I keep spotting tall Acanthus mollis, or bear's breech
, right, with its stately spires of white flowers enclosed in pinky-purple bracts.
If you have dry shade, look no further than Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear's breech
, a perennial which will cope well with drought and poor soils.
Then they added lush beds of astilbe, bear's breech
, hellebore, and hosta.
Fill a pot with many kinds of plants and you get a colorful chorus, but plant a star performer such as bear's breech
or mullein singly in a unique pot and you have the leafy equivalent of a great tenor--Domingo or Carreras.
The popular name of bear's breeches
is thought to be a sanitised version of bear's breech
, suggested by the soft, hairy leaves of some species resembling a bear's back legs or rump.
Editor's note: Evergreen currant (Ribes viburnifolium) grows in Sunset climate zones 8-9 and 14-24, bear's breech
(Acanthus mollis) in zones 4-24, common calla (Zantedeschia aethiopica) in zones 5-6, 8-9, and 14-24.
Acanthus spinosus, sometimes called bear's breeches
, is extraordinarily successful due to its ability to regenerate from every fragment of its thick, fleshy roots.
Autumn colour in the herbaceous border has taken a bit of a hammering from the rain this year, so much so that no sooner had the monkshoods, the bear's breeches
and toad lilies flowered than they were flattened by the latest in a succession of storms.
Not only does the book highlight recent additions to the Southern landscape such as bear's breeches
, Japanese fiber banana, and angelonias, but new varieties of old favorites get renewed attention from Winter's text: bachelor buttons in three heights, a renewed popularity of butterfly weed, and a purple-leafed variety of elephant ears, well-known for their tolerance of sun and humidity.