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Acanthus sennii - 2014 (close-up)


By Andrewr

Acanthus sennii - 2014 (close-up) (Acanthus sennii)

How many plants from Ethiopia are hardy enough to grow in the UK? This one is. Although a shrub, it acts more as a perennial in our climate, growing from the base each year. It needs all the sun it can get, and a fiercely drained soil. The flowers arrive late in the autumn if at all - it needs a hot summer to coax it into flower. The leaves are viciously spined, but I think it's worth growing for the foliage alone. Now in its second year, it's four feet tall and about three across.

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7 Oct, 2014


Very impressive.....

7 Oct, 2014


Very imposing but I wouldn`t like to come up against those thorns Andrew.

9 Oct, 2014


No, it's definitely a plant with attitude. It bites!

9 Oct, 2014


Love it!

17 Oct, 2014

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