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Learn about several plant varieties and the planting information for each zone.

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Bear's Breeches (3 of 15)

Acanthus spinosus – Bear's Breeches
Large, deciduous perennial noted for its large, spiny foliage and mauve flowers in summer
Plant in rich, reliably moist, but well-drained soil
Plant in morning sun or partial shade
May spread aggressively by rhizomes in rich, loamy soil
Height: to 5 feet; Width 2-3 feet
Hardy in USDA zones 5-9:
Zone 5: Plant in spring to prevent winter heaving; mulch heavily after first hard frost; avoid contact with salt; pull back mulch in early spring; may be marginally hardy in this zone.
Zone 6: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.
Zone 7: Plant in spring; mulch in fall; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.
Zone 8: Plant in spring; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.
Zone 9: Plant in spring; pull back mulch in early spring; divide as new growth appears in early spring.

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