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Acanthus mollis (bear's breech)

Synonyms: Acanthus latifolius; Acanthus lusitanicus; Acanthus mollis subsp. platyphyllus; Acanthus spinosissimus; Acanthus spinulosus

Wikipedia Abstract

Acanthus mollis, commonly known as bear's breeches, sea dock, bearsfoot or oyster plant, is a herbaceous perennial plant with an underground rhizome in the genus Acanthus. It is regarded as an invasive species in some jurisdictions.
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Invasive Species

Acanthus mollis is a dicotyledon herb that has a tall inflorescence - up to 2 m high. It is cultivated for ornamental reasons and often grows in the wild as a garden escape. A. mollis is native to southern Europe, Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, the Mediterranean islands, Turkey, Syria and the Canary Islands.
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Allergen Potential [1]  Low
Flower Type [3]  Hermaphrodite
Leaf Type [2]  Deciduous
Lifespan [3]  Perennial
Pollinators [3]  Bees
Structure [2]  Shrub
Usage [3]  The sub-species A. mollis latifolia makes a good ground cover plant; Relatively slow to cover the ground at first but it can eventually become invasive;
Height [3]  3.936 feet (1.2 m)
Width [3]  24 inches (0.6 m)
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Protected Areas

Emblem of



Phenacoccus madeirensis (Mexican mealybug)[4]
Rastrococcus invadens (Mango mealybug)[4]


Parasitized by 
Golovinomyces orontii[5]


External References

USDA Plant Profile



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1Derived from Allergy-Free Gardening OPALS™, Thomas Leo Ogren (2000)
2Kattge, J. et al. (2011b) TRY - a global database of plant traits Global Change Biology 17:2905-2935
3Plants For A Future licensed under a Creative Commons License
4Ben-Dov, Y., Miller, D.R. & Gibson, G.A.P. ScaleNet 4 November 2009
5Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
Protected Areas provided by GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
Biological Inventories of the World's Protected Areas in cooperation between the Information Center for the Environment at the University of California, Davis and numerous collaborators.
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