Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon)

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

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

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.

Absolutely loved by bees and butterflies when in flower.

Given the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Height: 2m

Common name(s): Cardoon.

All our plants are supplied in 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.