Cynara cardunculus 'Porto Spineless'

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

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Plant Details

This is a more compact version of the stately Cynara cardunculus, reaching a more moderate 4' height. Especially bred for cut flower use, it also has the advantage of having fewer spines.

Silver-grey, pointed and divided foliage, it is a grand specimen for a prominent position in the border. In summer it bears medium-sized, blue, thistle-like flowers that will make for dramatic arrangements and are also excellent for drying. 

Rarely available in nurseries and not often seen in gardens.

Height: 1.2m

Common name(s): Cardoon.


Photo: Krzysztof Ziarnek, Kenraiz / CC BY-SA

All our plants are supplied in 9x10cm 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. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, 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.