Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon)

Full Sun
Soil Type:
Most Types
Soil Type:
Wet / Boggy

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Plant Details

Introduced in 1658 and is both a handsome border plant and a tasty vegetable. A spectacular ornamental plant and quite a talking point when established.

Large, spiky, deeply cut silver leaves with stout stems bearing 4" thistle-like purple flowers in summer.

The stems can be blanched in summer and eaten. The flowers and later, seed heads, can be cut and used fresh or dried in displays.

Given the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height: 2m

Common name(s): Cardoon.

All our plants are supplied established in pots. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.