Plant ID forum: Unusual Leaves and Spines

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Name: Jim Hawk
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hawkarica
Jan 10, 2018 2:17 PM CST
Can you help me id this plant that was given to me. It came in a three gallon pot but has rooted itself in the ground and is doing quite well. Note the unusual leaf shape and the little thorns that grow from them. It is about three feet tall and seems to be blooming.
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Name: Lin
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plantladylin
Jan 10, 2018 2:42 PM CST
Some Acanthus species have similar thorny leaves too. I'm really curious so I hope someone comes along with an exact ID soon!
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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 10, 2018 2:57 PM CST
How about Acanthus spinosus?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)

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plantladylin
Jan 10, 2018 3:06 PM CST
Bear's Breeches (Acanthus spinosus) does look like a good possibility although the bracts still look different to me ... but that may be due to my poor eyesight.

The MOBOT site lists A. spinosus as zones 5 to 9: http://www.missouribotanicalga...
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tofitropic
Jan 10, 2018 11:51 PM CST
I grow the same (I think) plant, for a long time I was told it was Acanthus ilicifolius, (a native in my area)
But recently someone told me it is Acanthus montanus, (african species)
There are also variegated cultivar, they grow better in shady area, moist soil or even swampy.
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Calif_Sue
Jan 11, 2018 11:23 AM CST

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Name: Jim Hawk
Odessa, Florida (Zone 9b)
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hawkarica
Jan 11, 2018 12:33 PM CST
Thanks, everyone. Acanthus Montana's works for me.

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