Wild Flowers Provence

Identify wild flowers, trees, shrubs, orchids and other plants in Provence, France.

Environ 2800 photos de près de 700 plantes sauvages.  Comment le voir en français.
Around 2800 photos of nearly 700 wild plants: guide.

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Acanthus mollis

Acanthe molle
Bear’s Breeches


Additional information

Plant family


Provence Verte

Flower colour


Flower size

35-50 mm

Flowering months




Leaf type

Pinnately lobed


1 m


Native to the Mediterranean region. The large, sculpted, dark-green leaves are said to have inspired the Greek sculptor, ‘Kallimachos’, for the design of the capital of the Corinthian column.


The flowers, 2-lipped, white, lilac or pinkish, are borne in dense spikes, surrounded by 3 greenish/purplish bracts, the central bract carries a spine. Bracts are not part of a flower, they are leaf-like structures just below the flower.


Pinnately lobed leaf with lobes both sides of a central midrib. The lobes are arranged on either side of the leaf’s midrib, coarsely serrated, up to 40 cm long, 25 cm wide, glossy.

Fruits Seeds

Capsule: explodes to distribute seeds.


Leaves: fresh, chopped finely, placed as a compress on burns.

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