Acanthus Whitewater

Bear's Breeches
$19.95 ea.
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4' Tall Flower Spikes
Splashed with white, the deeply-lobed, toothed foliage is rippled with frothy white margins. A ‘rapid’ grower, once established, the creamy pink-blushed flower spikes rise above the foliage on pink stems. Variegation may not appear until plant matures. A bold accent, give this beauty plenty of room and good drainage. Acanthus Whitewater was bred for vigor, outstanding hardiness along with heat and humidity tolerance. Good slug resistance.

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Patent PP23,342

Plant Type Perennials

Species mollis

Height Tall 4'

Spacing Plant 3' apart

Bloom Time Early Summer to Mid-Summer

Sun / Shade Half Sun / Half Shade to Full Shade

Zones 7-10

Soil Type Normal

Water Needs Medium

Sold In Plantable Pots (3.5x3.5x4")

Special Features

  • Good for Cut Flowers
  • Evergreen
  • Humidity Tolerant
  • Shade Tolerant

Acanthus General Information

Dramatic foliage and flower spikes. Bear's Breeches will spread by underground runners. Root cuttings are best taken in early spring. Foliage tends to wilt if sufficient moisture is not provided. Idaho has restricted all potted plant material from being shipped into Idaho at this time.

Acanthus Plant Care

More important to protect from winter wet than winter cold. Well-drained soil is a must! Benefits from morning sun. Do not cut back for the winter, but cut off any damaged leaves in the spring if needed. Divide in spring every 4-5 years. Tolerates most soils, but prefers moist, fertile, well-drained soils. Remove flower stalk when finished blooming.

Plantable Pots

Our plants are grown in 3.5x3.5x4” plantable pots. Made from 100% biodegradable coconut husk fibers (coir), these pots have tremendous advantages over plastic pots. With better air exchange, this "breathable" pot fosters robust root growth and reduces transplant shock since you can plant the pots directly in the ground. The pot naturally becomes part of the soil on its own over time—no composting required—and since they're made from a renewable resource that requires very little energy, they're earth-friendly too!

100% Guarantee

We offer a 100% guarantee for all our perennials to reach you in good condition and to grow. If you're not satisfied, we'll reship or refund immediately. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions or concerns—we share your passion for gardening and want your new plants to thrive in your border!

Shipping Details

We use custom, earth-friendly packaging to make sure your order arrives in great condition, and we ship based on the best planting time for your growing zone (see the approximate dates below), unless otherwise indicated at checkout. If you wish, you can indicate a specific ship date during checkout.


  • Zone 3, 4: Early to Mid May
  • Zone 5: Late April to Early May
  • Zone 6: Mid to Late April
  • Zone 7: Early to Mid April
  • Zone 8: Late March to Early April
  • Zone 9, 10: Late March


  • Zone 2, 3, 4: Early September
  • Zone 5: Early to Mid September
  • Zone 6: Mid September
  • Zone 7: Mid to Late September
  • Zone 8, 9, 10: Late September to Early October