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.
Even the ordinary Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear's breech
, is extraordinary.
The list includes: yarrow, barberry, boxwood, silverberry (Elaeagnus), fuchsia, holly, roses, rosemary, viburnum, yucca, bear's breech
(Acanthus), daffodils, pampas grass (Cortaderia), euphorbia, sedum, geraniums, hellebore, irises, lupine, freeway daisies (Osteospermum), bamboo, celery, tomatoes, onions and parsnips.
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.