Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus

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Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus (Boiss.) Brummitt

Acanthaceae

Life form: perennial

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Soil: sandy loam - Soil: gritty loam

Arrangement: opposite
Leaves: decidious

Shape: lanceolate

Division: simple

Shape: labiate
Fruit: loculicidal capsule

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Inflorescence: spike

Petals: single
Habit: not specified

Growth form: stemless

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Lamiidae
Superordo:
Lamianae
Ordo:
Scrophulariales

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus is a perennial.

Naming

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus was already described and the name validly published by Pierre Edmond Boissier. It was Richard Kenneth Brummitt, however, who reclassified it into todays valid botanical systematics in 1989.

Taxonomy

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus is a subspecies in the genus Acanthus which contains approximately 32 to 41 species and belongs to the family of the Acanthaceae (Acanthus Family). The type species of the genus is Acanthus mollis.

Characteristics

Growth

The perennials have a stemless growth and reach heights of 50 to 60 centimetres.

Leaves

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are opposite. They are lanceolate with pinnatifid margins.

Flowers and Fruits

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus produces spikes of pink labiate flowers.

The perennials produce loculicidal capsules.

Root System

Distribution

Acanthus hirsutus subsp. syriacus is native to Turkey, Lebanon, Syria and Palestine.

Cultivation

The perennials prefer sandy-loamy or gritty-loamy soil. The perennials tolerate temperatures down to -12°C (USDA zone 8).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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