Pronunciation: (a-kan-thos) Family: Oyster Plant, Bear’s Breech, ACANTHACEAE Immortalized by the Greeks in the carved capitals of their Corinthian columns, the Acanthus species are hardy perennials, grown mostly for their handsome foliage. Use them in temperate gardens as a striking feature plant in semi-shade or in a sheltered courtyard — but lay plenty of snail bait! All manner of pests seem to find them irresistible. Acanthus spinosissmus mountain thistle Grow Acanthus from autumn divisions or from seed sown in spring at a temperature of 140C/570F. Germination takes about three weeks. Soil should be well-drained, rich and neutral in acidity. The satiny leaves … Continue reading ACANTHUS