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Acanthus mollis

Acanthe molle
Bear’s Breeches

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Plant family

Area

Provence Verte

Flower colour

white

Flower size

35-50 mm

Flowering months

May,

June,

July

Leaf type

Pinnately lobed

Height

1 m

Description

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.

Flowers

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.

Leaves

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.

Medical

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

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