This handsome specimen grows in Mr. Burbank's garden at Sebastopol. The plants of this genus are natives of southern Europe, and it has been said that the ornamentation of the Corinthian column was suggested to the ancient architect by leaves of this plant. Some species of acanthus are hardy as far north as New England.
This image is from: Luther Burbank: his methods and discoveries and their practical application. Volume 10 Chapter 9