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PlantFiles: Bear's Breeches
Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold'

Family: Acanthaceae (ah-kanth-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acanthus (a-KANTH-us) (Info)
Species: mollis (MAW-liss) (Info)
Cultivar: Hollard's Gold
Additional cultivar information: (aka Fielding Gold, New Zealand Gold)

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24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:
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Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive pokerboy On Jan 25, 2005, pokerboy from Canberra
Australia (Zone 8b) wrote:

Like most acanthus this plant is drought tolerant once established. It is often grown as a foliage plant and the flowers are often considered a bonus. pokerboy.

Neutral smiln32 On Nov 10, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Beautiful shiny golden-green foliage. It rarely flowers in zone 5 or 6, but it is a magnificent and hardy foliage plant. When it does flower, a 1-1 1/2 inch flower stem shoots up from the center of the plant - with lovely white flowers that are great in cut flower arrangements.

Prefers moist soil and sunny conditions (the more sun, the more golden the leaves turn). It can reach a height of 48".


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Anaheim, California
Aptos, California
Santa Monica, California
Desoto, Texas
Fircrest, Washington
Charleston, West Virginia

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