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White flowers  and spiny leaves of an Acanthus montanus
acanthus montanus
Acanthus montanus (Mountain Thistle)

The mountain thistle originates from the tropical areas of western Africa yet can tolerate freeze. It is used globally as an ornamental plant. The inflorescence spikes with white to pale pink flowers and has aggressive roots that can become invasive. The plant has many medicinal benefits in African traditional medicine. Photographed in Bogotá.

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