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Family: AcanthaceaeMain Season: SummerFlower Colour: PinkLeaf Colour: GreenFoliage: Semi-EvergreenPosition: SunSoil Type: Dry, well drainedHeight: 1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')Peat Free? YesHardiness Guide: RHS H6 minimum -15C to -20CPot Size: 1.4L
Approx. 37 in stock
Originating in Beth Chatto's Essex garden this superb form of the species produces spectacular, well, long spikes of pinkish flowers to between 1.2 and 1.5m. Sun, drained soil.
Acanthus mollis is a little better behaved than some other commonly cultivated species but you still need to bear in mind that it's roots will regrow after you dig it up and move it! So plant it in the right place first time!
'Long Spike', also called 'Chatto Long Spike', is possibly the best form in cultivation with robust, upright flower stems with masses of flowers for the bulbme bees to get into in summer. Best in well drained soil in full sun.
Acanthus mollis 'Rue Ledan'£6.50
A pure white flowered form of this reliable garden perennial. Big clumps of deep green jagged foliage and spikes of flowers to 90cm. Average soil in sun is best.
Holcus mollis 'Albovariegatus'£4.50
Very pretty mats of cream and pink variegated foliage, very soft to the touch. Dainty flowers in summer. Average to dry soil in sun or part shade. 30cm.
A robust species that's always very early to flower here. Felted plain green leaves and generous clusters of clear blue flowers in late winter. Good soil in shade. 40cm.