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Acanthus montanus - Plant

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Acanthus montanus, also known as Bear's Breech or Mountain Thistle, is a thinly branched perennial with basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches (30 cm) long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins. It reaches up to 6 feet (1.8 m) tall and about 24 inches (61 cm) wide. Spikes of pale pink flowers appear summer to fall. It prefers shady situations and occasional deep watering, but tolerates sunny, dry situations too. Its aggressive roots make this plant perfect for slopes.
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Description for Acanthus montanus

Acanthus montanus, also known as Bear s Breech or Mountain Thistle, is a thinly branched perennial with basal clusters of oblong to lance-shaped glossy, dark green leaves reaching up to 12 inches long. The leaves have silver marks and wavy margins.

Common nameFlower coloursBloom timeHeightDifficulty
mountain thistle
Marathi:Marand, Hindi : Harkukant, Kannada : Hole Chulli
Pink June to July4.00 to 6.00 feeteasy to grow

Planting and care

Have a hose or bucket of water and all your planting tools nearby. Keep your bare-root rose in water until you are ready to place it in the ground.Plants can be cut back and moved in either spring or fall, but not in midsummer, as they might suffer and die in the heat.

SunlightSoilWaterTemperatureFertilizer
Full sun to part shadewell-drained soil Medium31°Capply any organic fertilizer

Caring for Acanthus montanus

    Epsom salts along with your fertilizer; the magnesium sulfate will encourage new growth from the bottom of the bush Prune plants every spring and destroy all old or diseased plant material. Wear elbow-length gloves that are thick enough to protect your hands from thorns or a clumsy slip, but flexible enough to allow you to hold your tools.

Harvesting

June to July

Typical uses of Acanthus montanus

Special features: Where winter hardy, this is a bold, stately plant that may be grown as a specimen but is perhaps best sited in small groupings. Naturalize on slopes. Plants are not winter hardy to the St.

Ornamental use: The plant is used for ornamental purpose.

Medicinal use: Acanthus montanus is a plant of acanthacease family. It is called leopard’s tongue in English language. The other common names of acanthus montanus include white’s ginger and bear’s breech. The Yoruba people in Nigeria called the plant Ahon – ekun or ikunmu – arugbo.

References

    http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/ http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/ http://www.flowersofindia.net/

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