Ideal and beautiful ornamental plant for gardens, patios and terraces. It is known for its dense blooming and its long lasting beauty. It is an excellent ground-cover plant and it has many medicinal purposes.
Evergreen plant, fast growing. The leaves are big and bright green looking like artichoke’s leaves. The flowers are dense, purple or white. After blooming seeds appear and make a typical noise when they disseminate.
Soak the seeds in cool water for 24 hours before sowing at temperatures of 15ºC/20ºC.
This plant grows in deep and permeable soils because it prefers humidity and coolness. Good plant for pot to decorate patios. Drought resistant. It is an excellent ground-cover plant and it has many medicinal purposes.
In natural medicine the leaves of Acanthus are used to treat inflammations, to stimulate appetite and as a laxative. The roots are recommended against diarrhea, and dysentry.
Previously, this plant was said to get rid of evil spirits in houses. This is the reason why in many Mediterranean zones a pot of Acanthus is still set on every side of the door.
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