Thu, Apr 10, 2008


Cardoon - Cynara cardunculus

Latin name: Cynara cardunculus

Description: Resembling a giant thistle, this is a very dramatic and statuesque herbaceous perennial. It has enormous, thick, architectural greyish-green leaves up to1.2m across by 60cm wide. The purple thistle-like flower heads are borne in mid-summer and are held well above the foliage. On a hot summer’s day, myriads of bees can be seen around the flower heads. It often needs staking as the whole plant can become too heavy, especially if wet weather.

Hardiness: Hardy

Height: 2.4m

Full sun

Soil: well drained soil, protected from prevailing winds

Water: fairly drought tolerant once established

Usage: Very dramatic stamen plant at the end of a border, especially in a Mediterranean style garden

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