Saturday, August 07, 2010
To me this is a lovely perennial but to a lot of gardeners (especially in warmer climates) it is an invasive pest. I find the huge foliage and tall flower stalks to be architecturally beautiful and haven’t had any problems with rapid spreading of the plants. This plant grows in both sunny and shady areas and is not particular to soil type. It can often colonize a rough or bad area in the garden and is handy for that purpose. The leaves and flowers stalks do have thorns so be careful when working around Acanthus in the garden.