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Acanthus mollis - Bears Breeches

Acanthus mollis - Bears Breeches


Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
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Average Height: 3-4 feet
Hardiness: Zones 7-11, drought and heat tolerant (does fine in 110 degree weather), although does better in cooler spots with watering, native to deserts in Portugal and Africa
Aspect: Some shade, full sun in cooler climates
Plant Spacing: 3-5 feet apart
Leaves: evergreen, massive leaves grow to several feet across
Flowers: in mid spring, on spikes up to three feet tall, great for cutting
Spread: clump forming


Bear's Breeches or Oyster Plant is a shade loving and drought tolerant species native to arid landscapes. Leaves are evergreen in zone 8 and up, dies back in zones 6 and 7 in harsh winters and re-sprouts in the spring. Will grow in zone 6 if given a semi-protected area in well drained soil, very cold and wet conditions can rot the roots and is the main cause of plant failure in cold zones. Very easy to grow in warmer climates and requires very little care.

Plants are fairly large and will form a clump several feet in diameter. Oyster Plant looks its best when given a bit of room but planted in a semi circle around a much larger plant, such as a small or medium sized tree. The June and July flowers are unique and draw interest even from a great distance, but not nearly as much as the massive leaves which can measure several feet long. The leaves are soft and resemble the texture of a banana leaf, although tougher and less likely to shred in wind especially considering their size. The leaves are much friendlier than of the closely related species, A. spinosus which is a plant you do not want to come in direct contact with!


Although this plant will grow in sunny areas in cool climates, medium afternoon shade will produce the most impressively sized leaves. Morning sun will encourage brighter red color in the flowers.


Plants are shipped during the dormant season with the leaves cut off, plant the grown so that it is just poking up out of the ground with the roots spread out as much as possible (avoid bunching up the roots into a tangled ball as much as possible). From the one gallon size you should have a full sized plant in 1-2 years. Fertilize with a slow release pellet in April, our favorite brand is Osmocote.


Propagating Acanthus mollis/Bear's Breech
You can divide crowns in late fall, cut off the leaves at ground level and plant the crowns buried at ground level. You can also propagate from root cuttings alone. Roots are thick and travel out away from the plant. In late fall, dig around the plant and cut off roots about a half inch (1 cm) in diameter and three to five inches long. Place horizontally in well drained soil buried about inch down. One of the best materials for planting root cuttings in is the potting soil mix we recommend, use the first mix without the coco coir. Use this mix for planting root cuttings in, it's what we use at our nursery for root cuttings.


Giant leaves of Bears Breeches
Close up of the massive dark green leaves. The hazelnut leaves at the bottom left are 3 inches long.
Close up of Acanthus mollis flower spike
Close up of the flower spike, which can grow to three feet tall.

Sold out but more might be available soon.

We are still counting inventory and posting each batch online as they come in out of the field. Most container-grown plants are counted by mid-November, field-grown plants and plug seedlings aren't usually counted and available until January or February.
Notify me when it's back!

How Your Plants Are Packaged And Shipped

Washed Root vs. Bare Root


A bare root Sitka Spruce

A 2 gallon Sitka Spruce with all the soil washed away
Bare root and washed root are very similar but in the nursery trade typically bare root plants are trees which are grown in the field and dug up in the winter with no soil attached. These plants are typically cheaper due to lower growing costs and are popular for large projects where a large number of plants are needed. When the are dug they lose any roots that grew away from the main root ball and typically these plants will grow a little slower in their first year as they focus on producing new roots before returning to fast top growth. Despite the longer establishment period, bare root plants benefit from the root pruning and will produce a superior long-term root structure than washed root plants. Certain plant species and varieties that are prone to poor root system development are only available bare root for this reason. Bare root plants have high success rates but are not tolerant of planting directly into windy areas, especially with evergreen species as the remaining roots will not be sufficient to withstand drying winds. If you are planting in high-wind areas you should consider ordering washed root plants.

Washed root plants are grown in containers like one or two gallon pots in a standard nursery setting and can ship much earlier in the fall because we don't have to wait for deep winter dormancy before handling the plants. For shipping the plants are removed from their containers and the soil is gently washed off of the roots, preserving most of the small feeder roots. We make minor root pruning cuts to elimate clumps of circling roots from some plants but typically don't remove more than about 5-10% of the fine roots, compared to bare root plants which typically lose around 60-70% of the fine feeder roots. Washed root plants are much quicker to establish and are suitable for planting directly in windy locations but because of the higher growing costs and shipping weight will be more expensive than field grown bare root plants. Some plant species that are especially prone to root circling are not grown in containers but only in the field.

For most plant species we choose the growing method that has the highest success rate for that plant's root structure but some plants can be grown just as well either way so both forms can be listed for sale at once. Under the "availability" section for each plant variety any plants listed by container size (such as 1 gallon, 2 gallon, etc.) are washed root plants while plants listed by height (such as 20-30 inches tall) or any listing saying "field grown" are bare root plants.

Packaging Plants For Shipping


Most plants are shipped wrapped in newspaper, then moistened. Large bundles of plants can be shipped in a single long box.
Some plants, usually bamboo, are shipped in their container while others have their roots washed of soil and wrapped in damp paper and plastic. Most plant varieties can be shipped year-round, but sometimes certain plant species or large sizes do best when shipped dormant. You can order these to reserve yours during the summer and then they will be shipped in November when they are ready to go.

Your plants are placed in tight fitting boxes and strapped to the box so they don't move around and sustain damage. These are 3' tall Coast Redwoods.
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All Plants Are Guaranteed To Arrive In Good Condition

Any damaged plants will be replaced at no extra cost, all you have to do is send an email to info@lebeaubamboo.com and specify which plants were damaged. We have a great track record of providing excellent customer service and that is one of the main reasons customers keep coming back. We have years of experience shipping plants and have figured out the best way to ship the wide range of plant types we grow, each requiring its own packing method.

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Outdoor Grown Plants Are Tough
These plants have been grown outside and are far tougher than greenhouse-grown plants, which is the typical growing method of many other online sellers. When plants spend their live outsides they are already used to extreme temperature, humidity, and light fluctuations and have been hardened off against these conditions from day one. Tough plants are much better prepared for planting out and will perform far better in your landscape.

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Your plants are fully guaranteed to arrive safely or they will be replaced, no hassles. Just send us an email at info@lebeaubamboo.com for easy plant help. They are also guaranteed to be fully up to size - we only ship plants that have fully filled out their container. Often, online sellers ship plants that are 3.5 inch or quart sized but the most common size plants we ship are twice as big, fully filling out one gallon containers.

Year Round Shipping
By growing in containers rather than the field, shipping of one and two gallon plants is available within 1-3 days of ordering all year long for most plant varieties. Plus, container growing has the added benefit of low root disturbance, especially compared to typical bare root plants, and ensures much faster establishment in your landscape. Holding your order and shipping dormant in the spring or fall is also available which offers reduced shipping rates and allows for shipping of large two and five gallon plants up to 60 inches tall.
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