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Holly-Leaved Mangrove, Sea Holly, Jeruju
Scientific Name: Acanthus ebracteatus Vahl
Synonym:
Family: Acanthaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
USDA: 11-12

Heat Tolerance: Light shade in Phoenix

Sun Exposure: Full sun to light shade

Origin: Southeast Asia

Growth Habits: Erect, many stemmed shrubby herbs, up to 5 feet tall (1.5 m), dark green, holly-like, stiff, deeply lobed leaves with sharp spines, excreting salt

Watering Needs: Abundant water; tolerates salty, seaside conditions

Propagation: Seeds


Blooming Habits:
The Holly-Leaved Mangrove bears white flowers in spikes at branch tips. The petals become brownish as they age.

Fruiting Habits:
Rather square, slightly flattened, capsules, opening violently when ripe, projecting the seeds away.


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