It is the bracts, common to all perennial acanthus, that give the plant its name; acanthus literally means thorn. There are 30 species worldwide, largely in southern Europe and Asia Minor. It is thought that the two most widely grown in Britain, A. spinosus and A. mollis, were bought here from the Mediterranean by the Romans, who boiled the roots for poultices to cure burns, sprains, gout and baldness. They also used the plants ornamentally to line paths.
Acanthus survived in monastery gardens after the Roman retreat and is listed in De Naturis Rerum (c 1190) by Alexander Neckham, who was Abbot of Cirencester and foster brother of Richard the Lionheart. Both plants were later lost to cultivation, then reintroduced – Acanthus mollis in 1548 and A. spinosus in 1629. These two species have produced natural hybrids, which are listed as A. spinosus Spinosissimus Group.
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