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Plant Name Acanthus
  Common Name:   Bear's Breeches, Acanthus
  There are approximately 30 species of this plant, although Acanthus mollis and Acanthus spinosus are the more common garden specimens. This plant is a striking perennial that is often used as a specimen plant with tall spikes of veined pink-mauve and white hooded flowers protruding from purple bracts. The foliage is attractive shiny deep green with a spiny, thistle like appearance. It can be aggressive in light soil. The leaves of A. mollis are broader and softer than those of Acanthus spinosa.
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Plant Name Acanthus mollis
  Common Name:   Bear's Breeches, Bears Breeches, Acanthus
  This is the less spiny Acanthus with glossy and ornate deeply cut dark green foliage. In summer the bold upright spiked stems bear columns of flowers that are mauve-pink with green-purple hoods. This can be a bold specimen plant for a border garden.
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Plant Name Acanthus mollis 'Latifolius'
  Common Name:   Bear's Breeches, Broadleaved Bear's Breech
  This is the less spiny Acanthus with glossy and ornate foliage with broad more oval leaves. Upright dark green leaves grow on tall dramatic spikes. In summer these stems are columns of flowers that are white or pink-veined with green-purple hoods. This can be a bold specimen plant for a border garden.
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Plant Name Acanthus spinosus
  Common Name:   Bear's Breeches, Spiny Beer's BreechesAcanthus
  This is the very spiny species of Acanthus and can be called vicious. Glossy and ornate foliage with roughly oval leaves grow on tall dramatic spikes. Prominent rigid white veins run out to the leaf edges, where the leaf is tipped in very sharp spines. In summer these stems are columns of flowers that are white with green-purple hoods.
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Plant Name Achillea
  Common Name:   Yarrow
  There are over 100 species in this genus of easy to grow plant. Flat clusters of flowers bloom above often messy fern-like, green fragrant foliage. The plant has a long flowering period and will spread quickly. Although it's an aggressive plant, it has the ability to tolerate dry conditions, as well as being a long lasting and attractive cut and dried flower. A very useful and common plant in perennial gardens.
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Plant Name Achillea millefolium
  Common Name:   Yarrow, Common Yarrow
  Compact and usually flat clusters of flowers bloom on erect stems. The foliage is deeply divided as to appear lacy or fernlike. This plant is long lasting and can tolerate dry conditions. It is also good as a cut or dried flower. This is a variable species with many that are spreading and even invasive.
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Plant Name Achillea X hybrida 'Coronation Gold'
  Common Name:   Yarrow
  This is a clump forming plant with deeply dissected silver gray-green fragrant leaves that are deeply divided as to appear lacy or fernlike. Compact and usually flat clusters of bright yellow flowers bloom on erect stems. This plant is long lasting and can tolerate dry conditions. It is also good as a cut or dried flower. This is a hybrid between A. clypeolata and A. filipendulina.
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Plant Name Aconitum
  Common Name:   Monkshood, Aconite, Monks Coule, Helmet Flower, Wolfsbane
  There are over 300 species in this genus of very poisonous plant. Tall spikes of hooded flowers with a range of flowering seasons. The flowers are narrow helmet shaped, like the cowls of a monks' habit. Deep green foliage makes this a striking plant for the back of a border. Note that all parts of this plant are toxic.
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Plant Name Aconitum napellus
  Common Name:   Monkshood, Garden Monkshood, Aconite, Monk's Coule, Helmet Flower, Wolfsbane
  Known as common monkshood, this species has tall spikes of hooded flowers with a range of flowering seasons. The flowers are narrow helmet shaped, like the cowls of a monks' habit and are either violet or blue. Deep green Foliage makes this a striking plant for the back of a border. Note that all parts of this plant are toxic.
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Plant Name Acorus
  Common Name:   Sweetflag
  There are two species in this genus of grass-like plants. This plant has bright green Iris like foliage that is best for swampy wet areas. A spiky flower appears in summer followed by dark berries.
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