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By AndrewR


In April, I ticked another plant off my ‘wants’ list. It was acanthus sennii. I first came across it last year in an Irish garden, and admired it for its foliage. Although it comes from Ethiopia, with a little protection it should be hardy in the south of England at least. Getting it to flower is another matter. It needs a long, hot summer, and even then, will wait until November before blooming. This was my plant in early July.

By the way, you don’t want to touch those leaves – they are vicious! 

A week into November, and it was thinking of flowering

A few days later – looking promising …

But then we got some very cold nights, and that put an end to the flower buds.

Oh well, there’s always next year.

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Thats a shame as it looked so pretty.

30 Nov, 2013


Fabulous looking plant Andrew...shame about that lovely flower bud....:>)

30 Nov, 2013


It still looked amazing, could you not have covered it up Andrew? Lol

1 Dec, 2013


next year a bit of fleece,but fair play it looked promising and nice even before full flower good try

1 Dec, 2013


We say that a lot don't we!
It's looks great, I can see why you chose it. Good luck with it next year.

1 Dec, 2013


that one wonderful looking plant. super foliage.

1 Dec, 2013


A serious contender in the anti-burglar category by the look of it. I can just see some skanky burglar trying to sue a householder because the plant had teeth.

3 Dec, 2013


DD + Snoop - yes, I'll have the fleece ready if it gets to this stage next year. Let's hope for a good summer again

3 Dec, 2013

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