2 years to reach maturity
Bears Breeches Overview
Acanthus syriacus resides in the Acanthaceae family. It's a perennial species with a prolific growth habit. Foliage is green and divided into lobed and pointed leaves, topped with striking spires of elegant cream-yellow flowers with purple-red modified leaves known as bract surrounding them. Also known as bear's breeches, this plant is a great addition to any temperate garden. Great for adding an eye-catching structural element to a partially shaded border, it also makes a good ground cover species in a Mediterranean or cottage garden setting. This striking ornamental plant has traditional medicinal applications, historically it was used for burns and dislocated joints. This plant is great for bringing flair, grace and bees into your garden!
Common problems with Bears Breeches
Pests include snails. Diseases include powdery mildew, fungal and bacterial leaf spot.
How to harvest Bears Breeches
To harvest flowers, cut the flower at the height of bloom and hang upside down in a cool, dark place to dry. If dried correctly they will hold their colour well and will last about a year before browning. Harvest seeds in late winter.
How to propagate Bears Breeches
Take root cuttings in late autumn or early winter and keep moist.
Sow seeds in spring. Germinates in 3 - 4 weeks.
Usually propagated from tubers and tends to form large, localized clumps which can survive for several decades. Divide clumps in autumn or spring.
Special features of Bears Breeches
It is tolerant of drought once established.
Attracts useful insects
Attracts useful pollinating insects such as bees and bumble bees.
Popular with pollinating insects such as bees, these are large enough to push into the structural flowers.
Attractive showy blooms.
Other uses of Bears Breeches
This low maintenance flower is often grown for cut flowers and for providing structure to beds and borders. Once established it is drought resistant and suits Mediterranean and gravel gardens