Originaly from South Europe / North Africa
Acanthus is fully hardy in the UK and will do best in full sun or partial shade in deep, fertile, well-drained soils, typically reaching 1.5m high with a 90cm spread.
It is a splendid structural plant perfect for the back of deeper beds, forming large long lasting flower spikes from July - September.
The flowers are good for cut or dried display.
To rejuvenate and reduce congestion lift and divide large clumps in autumn or spring
It can be prone to powdery mildew so ensure it is watered well during hot, dry spells.
In ideal conditions it can spread rapidly as it has 'explosive' seed pods which scatter seed over a wide area and it can re-grow from a small piece of root.
The leaves of Acanthus are generally considered to have been the inspiration for the design of the capitals of Corinthian columns in Roman architecture.