This rare African Acanthus from Ethiopia has attention-getting spikes of bright orange-red exotic flowers in fall. Spreading 3 to 5 foot shrub with attractive holly-like silver veined dark green leaves armed with vicious spines (be careful). The tops are frost hardy to the mid 20's, dying back and resprouting in the spring. Mulch in colder climates. Drought tolerant when established. Needs part to full sun and good drainage. USDA zones 8b - 11.