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Acanthus mollis 'Long Spike'

Acanthus mollis 'Long Spike'
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Price:  £5.00
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Family:  Acanthaceae
Main Season:  Summer
Flower Colour:  Pink
Leaf Colour:  Green
Foliage:  Semi-Evergreen
Position:  Sun
Soil Type:  Dry, well drained
Height:  1.2m to 1.8m (4' to 6')
Peat Free?  Yes
Hardiness Guide:  RHS H6 minimum -15C to -20C
Pot Size:  9cm

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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.