6 responses to “Acanthus sennii”

  1. Elizabeth Revell

    Certainly looks like it would do a job of keeping the goats out of the vege garden!

  2. Linda

    Wow, I love it. It would never grow in my neighborhood.

  3. lynn

    What a striking flower! It’s easy to understand why this plant would be destroyed in favor of crops or grazing land in a country like Ethiopia, which has enough trouble feeding itself, if I understand correctly. But it’s sad.

  4. Stephen

    Introducing another alien species into our environment is a very bad idea. Conserve it in its native habitat, but leave it there.

  5. Dana Cromie

    I have tried growing this in a few beds in Vancouver, unsuccessfully. Likely, our winter is too wet. Next try will be in a pot. The leaves are great for drawing.

  6. Lance Wright

    This is the 4th summer for mine growing in my south facing hell strip, here in Portland, OR. Once established it has had very little supplemental water. The soil in that bed is typical Willamette Valley Loam which has a high proportion of clay. It is competing with a Trachycarpus fortuneii overhead while being wedged in against a Yucca gloriosa. This year has been exceptionally dry since April, with .02″ of rain in July, 1″ in June, .17″ in May…you have to go back to April before we were at or above normal with 3.34″! My plant is stressing, losing its lower leaves at an above normal rate. I love the newly emerging growth, but wish it would bloom earlier in the season, as it typically waits until late August or even mid-September before blooming….and for Stephen, above, I would be extremely surprised if this species were able to escape and establish in the PNW. As a horticulturist here in Portland for over 30 years there are way more likely candidates for that which are commonly used today. Exotic doesn’t equal invasive! In fact the vast majority of exotics cannot survive here with out our ongoing ‘support’. If you are concerned about the issue, your time would be much better spent working on the massive problem of habitat/conversion/destruction, which disrupts/destroys viable plant communities making them much more susceptible to invasion and then serve as areas of further infection of other landscapes! What we really need is a society wide ethic of stewardship, where citizens/gardeners take an active role in the management of all of our landscapes, our gardens, public places, roadsides even our vacant lands.

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