Acanthus mollis “Whitewater”


Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’ has dark green leaves heavily splashed with white, with bold margins. Its flowers are pink and cream-white. It’s perfect for growing in a mixed herbaceous border, particularly among bold colours, and makes a striking architectural presence, adding a touch of fantasy in a partial shade garden.

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This vigorous, variegated Acanthus has striking, bold leaves with deeply cut white margins and splashing on the leaves. It forms a large clump with 4′ tall showy flower stalks with pink and cream flowers in summer. This was bred with Acanthus ‘Summer Beauty’ for vigour, more hardiness, and heat and humidity tolerance. Grow Acanthus mollis ‘Whitewater’ in well-drained, fertile soil in partial shade. Divide congested clumps in spring or autumn.

Position: Partial shade
Soil: Deep moist
Rate of growth: Moderate
Flowering period: Summer
Hardiness: Fully hardy
Pot size: 1L
Eventual height and spread: 120cm x 90cm