What is that plant? No. 1

  • Posted on: 26 August 2014
  • By: Maria Novelly

This is an occasional blog about the plants in the park. Ever wonder what some of them are? Me too. So I asked the one of our very knowledgeable members, Pauline, about some of them and she has filled me in.

This plant, found between the Peel Moat entrance and the bowling pavilion is the Acanthus mollis. It also goes by the popular name of 'Bear's Breeches.'

Bears Breeches is a decidious perennial and grows in clumps, It can reach a height and spread of 1.5m x 1.5m - and can spread. This plant sports shiny, deeply lobed dark green leaves. In the summer, as shown here in the picture, it provides a lovely upright display of white flowers with purple shading (also known as erect racemes of white flower with purple bracts) on purple-tinted stems. It is drought-tolerant and can grow in partial shade, so it is perfectly placed under the trees along this side of the park.