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Bears breeches-accidental prune😬

my husband has cut back all the bears breeches leaves a couple of weeks ago.We are cleaning up a bed and he got a bit carried away and cut all the leaves off at ground level.I presume it will regrow?


  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,288
    I dug one out about 5 years ago - it still comes up every year :)

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • B3B3 Posts: 27,314
    They're hard to get rid of.
    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • BenCottoBenCotto Posts: 4,682
    We turfed over an old herbaceous bed two years ago and the lawn has been fastidiously mowed every week in the growing season. Still the bears’ breeches grow through. I think our variety was one called Lazarus.
    Rutland, England
  • Obviously a persistent so and so then,good news for me.I have a lot of bare large areas and I want some leaf structure with flowers with little maintenance,I have two and they grow well.Im also going to have a smaller area close to house with tons of cottages type flowers and set up a cut flower bed,can’t wait!
  • Pete.8Pete.8 Posts: 11,288
    Think of it as giving it a trim :)
    If you didn't remove the dead flower heads, you'll probably get seedlings popping up in the spring. They self seed easily and the seeds bury themselves into the soil.
    If we get a very dry summer again I find they're prone to mildew which on such big leaves doesn't look good, so keep them watered.
    Good luck with your new bed too!

    Billericay - Essex

    Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit.
    Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad.
  • Papi JoPapi Jo Posts: 4,211
    I have mixed feelings about Acanthus mollis in my garden.  Lovely foliage in Winter and Spring , then all covered in mildew and eaten up by slugs. :(
    You are invited to a virtual visit of my garden (in English or in French).
  • I am hoping our one year old Acathus mollis will flower this year - plenty of new growth on the plant.  How long do they take to flower normally? This plant sounds like a thug, I can't wait for it to do it's thing and flower!
  • Mine are just large in our garden but we have the space.
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Guernsey should get one or two flowers this year
  • I am hoping so Mary370, thanks.  I am also hoping to divide the plant into two after the flowering period. They are such majestic plants (when in flower).
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