Common Name: Bear's breeches
Skill Level: Beginner
Exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Soil type: Well-drained/light, Dry, Moist
Time to plant seeds: March to April
Time to divide plants: February to April
Flowering period: June to September
A statuesque architectural plant, with handsome dark green leaves whose stylised shapes form the decorative detail on Corinthian columns, bringing a strong hint of classical elegance to the garden. The plants make large, mound-shaped rosettes of glossy leathery leaves, finely cut and each tipped with a ferocious spine. The flower spikes resemble tall foxgloves from a distance, with hooded two-tone flowers. Once established it is virtually impossible to move plants so correct positioning is vital. A dramatic plant for growing in gravel or grass, or at the back of a large border. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Looks good with:Dryopteris filix-mas
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