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Acanthus mollis 'Whitewater'


Acanthus 'Whitewater' forms vigorous mounds of variegated foliage and pink stems holding white flowers.

'Whitewater' is a vigorous, variegated Acanthus mollis with striking, bold leaves with white margins and splashing. Makes a large clump with 4 to 5 foot tall ornamental flower stalks of pink and cream in summer. This was bred with A. 'Summer Beauty' for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. The result is a much stronger cultivar than 'Tasmanian Angel'. A mature clump of this would be downright stunning -- I think I’m starting to lust for this plant!

Common Name: Bear's Breeches

Family: Acanthaceae (The Acanthus Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7-9

Light: Full Sun, Part Sun

Height: 2-4'

Width: 2-3'

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: White

Class: Deciduous

Type: Perennial

Bloom Time: Summer

Soil Moisture: Average, Moist

Stem Colour: Pink

Fragrance: No


Benefits: Hummingbirds, Butterflies

Deer Resistant: Yes

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Sheltered Mediterranean woodlands in deep moist soil.


Geogrpahical Origin: Europe and Africa - Europe and Western Russia

Europe and Africa - North Africa

Miscellaneous - Garden Origin

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