Acanthus is a perennial herbaceous plant loved since ancient times, Pliny the Elder in his botanical treatises, in 50 D.C., suggested the elegant and superb acanthus plants to adorn the braves of Roman gardens. A hundred years before Virgil had imagined Elena di Troia draped with a white peplos with the edges adorned with acanthus leaves and beech; finally, an Athenian architect, Callimachus, in 500 BC, carved the capitals of the columns with acanthus leaves, capitals that became the emblem of the Corinthian style.
The acanthus plant symbolizes prestige and well-being thanks above all to its elegance and majesty.
Acanthus mollis: The acanthus plant
The Acanthus as we have already said is a plant that is well resistant to the cold, it grows spontaneously in long mountains in streams, even if not disdaining the water it resists very well also to the torrid summers of our peninsula. The flowering takes place during the summer period when the large spike flowers grow from the large leaves from which small tongues open. The adult plant reaches the size of about 80 cm and loves a shady position.
Known since ancient times for its healing properties until the last century it was used for the treatment of Tuberculosis, today we can find in herbalist products based on acanthus for the treatment of cough and as an adjunct to dissolve phlegm.