In milder climates, bear's breeches is evergreen. Too bad: Those gardeners don't have the first-hand thrill of Spring's crop of emerging leaves.
The shiny, bright green foliage provides the ultimate in texture. Each leaf is a mass of crinkly pointy lobes tipped with spines that (at least to look at them) are channeling those of the fiercest English holly. But the tactile experience is another story.