Common name: Bear's Breeches or Oyster plant. Scientific name: Acanthus mollis. Family: Acanthaceae. Genus: Acanthus. Species: mollis.
Plant type: Herbaceous perennial. Height: 2-5 feet tall. Spacing: 2-4 feet wide. Flowering time: May to August.
Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breeches), is a plant species in the genus Acanthus. It is native to Southern Europe, northwestern Africa. The leaves are dark green, 40 cm (16 in) long and 25 cm (9.8 in) broad. The Bear's Breeches flowers are tubular, white, purple. Each flower is up to 5 centimetres (2 in) long and it is surrounded by three green or purple bracts.