The Acanthus hungaricus plant is commonly known as Hungarian or Long-leaved Bear's Breeches.
It is a member of the thirty strong Acanthus genus, which itself is a member of the 2,500 strong Acanthaceae (Acanthus) family. The genus is native to the Balkan and Mediterranean areas, and so is ideal for growing in warm temperate regions. Plants grow vigorously once established and may become invasive in the garden if not controlled.
The foliage of Acanthus hungaricus has a more compact nature than the commonly grown Acanthus mollis (Oyster plant / Bear's Breeches). Acanthus hungaricus species is synonymous with Acanthus balcanicus. It makes an ideal plant for use in a border, and its showy leaves can add interest to the garden during the winter months.
Acanthus hungaricus is clump-forming and reaches heights of 90 to 120 cm (36–48 inches), and has a spread of up to 90 cm (36 inches). The oblong to ovate leaves are deeply lobed, leathery, shiny and dark green.
Acanthus hungaricus photograph by Patrick Standish
Plants bloom in the summer and carry racemes of light pink to white flowers with purple bracts atop 60 cm (24 inch) long stems; beware of spikes hidden beneath the flowers.
Acanthus Bears Breeches picture by BrooklynLydl
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