Plant Care Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches

About Bear's Breeches

Spiny bear's breeches is a clumping perennial plant in the Acanthaceae (acanthus) family. It is native to Europe and the Mediterranean. The showy spikes of purple-white flowers that resemble snapdragons bring a pop of color to shady spots and make attractive additions to cut-flower bouquets.

Taxonomy

Acanthus spinosus
Acanthus
Acanthaceae
Lamiales

Also known as

spine acanthus and spiny bear's-breeches

How to care for Bear's Breeches

Water

How often to water your Bear's Breeches

Water needs for Bear's Breeches
0.5 cups
every 9

Bear's Breeches needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Water 0.5 cups every
9

Does your plant get direct sunlight?

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5"
Light

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Finding light for Bear's Breeches in your home

Light needs and placement for plant Bear's Breeches: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

Bear's Breeches love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

Bear's Breeches does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

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Nutrients

How to fertilize Bear's Breeches

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for Bear's Breeches: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your Bear's Breeches after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

FAQs
Difficulty Level

Bear's Breeches is generally considered an easy-to-care-for plant and makes a great choice for beginners!


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Care Summary for Bear's Breeches

Bear's Breeches


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

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