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Re: Acanthus was: clay pots/Dillon Seed Co

Thanks for the Acanthus tips.  I think I may have just the place for it!.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Marge Talt" <mtalt@hort.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Friday, May 07, 2004 3:34 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Acanthus was: clay pots/Dillon Seed Co

> Not Kitty, but re: Acanthus invasiveness....in some climates that may
> be true, but in mine I find the clump simply expands with time.  The
> major thing about Acanthus is that any root left in the soil will
> sprout, so if you try to move it, you will always have a bit where
> you dug it up.  Maybe that's some people's idea of invasive.
> I'd hazard a guess that yours is getting a tad too much competition
> from mature ivy roots.  You may want to remove some of the ivy from a
> circle a foot or two in diameter around the Acanthus to give it some
> breathing room to get established....
> I don't know which species you have, but I grow A. mollis and A.
> hungaricus.  Interesting difference between them (aside from the leaf
> shape) is that A. hungaricus goes dormant with frost and stays that
> way until spring while A. mollis keeps trying to grow all winter.  If
> we have an extended mild spell, it will put up foliage that blackens
> when frost returns.  Keeps trying this until spring arrives and it
> finally succeeds tho' a late frost will blacken that foliage as well.
>  I've had both for probably 15 years.  A. hungaricus blooms
> faithfully each year and A. mollis has yet to produce one flower; but
> it's in a lot of shade, which may be the reason.
> Marge Talt, zone 7 Maryland
> mtalt@hort.net
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> > Kitty,
> > I have the Thymus 'Doretta Klaber'.  I got several last year from
> > Wayside.... they are wonderful.  So tiny and flat.  I planted them
> in my
> > flagstone and put gravel under each plant so they would drain
> better.
> > I also have a Bears Breeches... I bought it with a bloom and it is
> doing ok
> > but it is among ivy... so it is not thriving as well as I would
> like.  I had
> > heard it could get invasive, which I would like to a point.
> > Tricia
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