Irish wildflowers


Photos: County Cork


Bears-breeches
Acanthus mollis
Family: Acanthaceae

Flowering June-August. Perennial. Garden escape. Introduced.

Tall spikes of hooded, tubular white and purplish flowers.
Large glossy leaves, deep-divided. Deep roots, suckering. Spreads by seed and root fragments. Height: flower spikes to 1.7m.

Well-drained moist soil in sun or shade. Occasional garden escape or discard.



     


    



Above: Bears-breeches. Courtmacsherry, Co.Cork. July 2008

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