Name that plant! Bear’s Breeches

Apr 2, 2018 | Plants in the Park

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 deciduous 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.