This rare and extraordinary plant carries spikes large bright orange-scarlet flowers on 120cm tall woody stems well clothed in large holly like leaves. Native to the Ethiopian highlands where it is used as a hedge around vegetable gardens Acanthus sennii has grown happily in our Mediterranean garden for 3 or 4 years. Only two visitors to the garden have recognised it as an Acanthus. One was a Professor of Botany and the other an English nurseryman who had seen it once at a Royal Horticultural Society London show. This Acanthus goes into hibernation during the cold weather and in very frosty areas it would be better to pot it on and plant it into the garden in spring.