Acanthus mollis 'Hollard's Gold'

Hollard's Gold Bear's Breeches

Semi-evergreen Perennial

Bold glossy foliage is great in mixed garden beds but makes an especially dramatic subject for a solo container planting. Very important to shelter from afternoon sun because direct, intense sun will burn the foliage and mar appearance. Can be difficult to remove because it can re-grow from small bits of remaining root, so choose your location carefully and grow it in a container if uncertain.

Growing Conditions

Zone: 7, 8, 9, 10

Exposure: Full Shade, Filtered Sun, Morning Sun, Open Shade

Water Needs: Regular / Even


Size: 30 - 48 tall x 36 - 48 wide
Shape / Form: Mounding, Upright
Foliage Texture: Bold
Foliage Quality: Bold

Features: Attractive Foliage

Foliage Color: Chartreuse / Lime, Yellow / Gold

Flower Color: Mutli-color, White
Bloom Season: Jun, Jul, Summer
Flower Shape: Spike /Spire

Uses and Applications

Landscape Uses: Beds and Borders, Container, Mixed Border, Specimen
Special Situations: Courtyard / Urban Garden

More Design Considerations

Season of Interest: Spring, Summer, Fall, Late Winter / Early Spring, Late Spring / Early Summer, Late Summer / Early Fall, Three Seasons of Interest
Position / Role: mid-plane filler
Plant Behavior: Aggressive / Crowds Neighbors, Potentially Invasive
Collections: Plants That Earn Their Keep

Care and Maintenance

Maintenance Level: low

Plant Combos