Acanthus mollis L.
|Kingdom||Plantae||Plants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae|
|Subkingdom||Tracheobionta||Vascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients|
|Division||Magnoliophyta||Flowering plants, also known as angiosperms|
|Class||Magnoliopsida||Dicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves|
|Subclass||Asteridae||A large class that encompasses asters|
|Order||Lamiales||Aromatic herbs and shrubs, including lavender, lilac, olive, jasmine, ash, teak, snapdragon, sesame, psyllium, garden sage, mint, basil, and rosemary|
|Family||Acanthaceae||Acanthus family, of tropical herbs and shrubs|
|Species||mollis||Means “smooth,” for the leaves|
About plant names...
Bear’s Breech is native to the countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea on the north, west,
Identification: This plant reaches 6' (1.8 m) in height. It has
dark, shiny, deeply divided leaves, as much as 3' (91 cm) long and 12" (30 cm) wide. The leaf shape is the
most distinctive characteristic of this species. The flowers are
lilac-colored or white, on long stalks which grow far above the leaf clusters.
Photo by Eugene Zelenko, from the Villa Montalvo Botanical Garden in Saratoga, CA, cropped to emphasize leaf shape.
Photo by Marc Ryckaert.
The Missouri Botanical Garden
Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Acanthus mollis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 9 Aug 2023.
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2/24/2010 · San Diego (Quail) Botanic Garden, Encinitas, California
≈ 6 × 4' (1.8 × 1.2 m)
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