Mysterious volunteer flowering plant

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Date Photo Taken: 07/12/2013
Location: Fayetteville, GA
Posted By: davidk


This plant bloomed this summer for the first time in 7 years! Can you tell me what it is? Came up in a pine straw bed, mostly shade.


  1. Bobby Flower Fanatic says:

    Acanthus: Bear’s britches. They can be a bit out of their comfort zone in Georgia. In a Garden Web forum they are mentioned in a post by a Fayetteville,GA grower here:
    A rainy year probably helped but your patience seems to be key and definitely gets honorable mention! It’s a beauty.

    November 29th, 2013 at 12:12 pm
  2. stone Flower Fanatic says:

    That’s a nice looking acanthus mollis (bears breeches).
    Are you sure it was a volunteer?

    November 29th, 2013 at 1:09 pm
  3. DavidK Unregistered says:

    Thank you. We bought the house 7 years ago and never saw it bloom until this summer. The previous owners may have planted it. We do have lots of deer and rabbit activity that may have prevented blooming!

    November 29th, 2013 at 1:40 pm
  4. Smithe575 Unregistered says:

    Hey there! I realize this is somewhat offtopic but I had to ask. ddecegakda

    April 6th, 2014 at 11:07 am

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