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A Mediterranean plant with large deep-cut leaves and tall spikes of purple-veined white flowers.
- ‘Which plant has the common name bear's breeches?’
- ‘In late summer, bear's breeches blooms with creamy white to slightly pink or purplish flowers on dramatically tall, erect stalks held way above the foliage.’
- ‘This species of bear's breeches is a clump-forming perennial which is grown as much for its attractive foliage as for its architecturally bold flower spikes.’
- ‘I have a bear's breech planted in the shade.’
- ‘An extract of hyssop in some honeyed wine might work well against bronchitis; leaves of bear's breech soaked in vinegar might ease the pain of an unexpected scald; flower heads of vervain in some ultra-sweet raisin wine might calm a housewife's nerves; and so on.’
- ‘I have also had great success with bear's breech and common calla.’
- ‘A native of the Mediterranean region, bear's breech does well in a sunny site with well-drained soil.’
- ‘Santolina is clipped into clouds and punctuation is provided by six foot tall teasels, milk thistles, huge artichokes and great clumps of bear's breeches.’
- ‘Commonly known as bear's breech, is in the family Acanthaceae.’
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