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Commemorative

Pedanius Dioscorides of Anazarbus (AD 40–90) Greek physician in Rome. Author of De Materia Medica, the most important medical herbal ever written, used and copied for 1600 years.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry. (2012). Doctors in the Medicinal Garden. Plants named after physicians. Royal College of Physicians. p.3 link

Acanthus dioscoridis L. Acanthaceae. Distribution: Iran, Iraq, southern Turkey. Herbaceous perennial flowering plant. Named for Pedanius Dioscorides of Anazarbus, 1st century Greek physician and herbalist whose book De Materia Medica detailed over 1,000 (mostly) plant based medicines, was the basis for medical texts from 70AD to the end of the 17th century.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry F. (2013) Wellcome Library notes.

Horticulture

Acanthus dioscoridis in the family Acanthaceae is usually found on dry rocky hillsides in Iran, Iraq and southern Turkey. In the herbaceous border, spikes of pink hooded flowers in summer with silvery-green basal leaves are striking. It is fully hardy, but well-drained soil is essential as it does not cope well with wet soil in winter. Established plants can be divided in early autumn or spring to increase stocks.
Oakeley, Dr. Henry. (2012). Doctors in the Medicinal Garden. Plants named after physicians. Royal College of Physicians. link

Geographical distribution

  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Iran
  • Asia-Temperate, Western Asia, Iraq

Acanthus dioscoridis L.

Family: ACANTHACEAE
Genus: Acanthus
Species: dioscoridis L.
Distribution summary: Iraq, Iran
Habit: Perennial
Hardiness: H5 - Hardy; cold winter
Habitat: Rocky slopes
Garden status: Currently grown
Garden location: Classical Europe & Middle East (I)
Flowering months: July
Reason for growing: Commemorative


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