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Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon)

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skill rating
Maintenance level
1 hour care
per year
Ultimate height
Max height
Ultimate spread
Max spread
Time to maturity
2-5 years
To maturity

Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus

Other names: Cardoon, Prickly artichoke, Globe artichoke

Genus: Cynara

Species: C. cardunculus - C. cardunculus is a perennial with silvery, thistle-like foliage and tall flower stems are topped by fat thistle-like buds which resemble small globe artichokes in summer.

Cynara cardunculus is: Deciduous

Flower: Purple in Summer; Purple in Autumn

Foliage: Grey-green in Summer

Habit: Clump-forming, Upright

Awards: RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Watch out for

Specific pests: Black-fly , Slugs , Snails

General care

Pruning: If you want this plant only for its foliage, cut down flower stems as they emerge in summer. . REGISTER to read more...

Propagation methods: Division, Seed, Root cuttings. REGISTER to

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Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 1.5m after 2-5 years.

Suggested uses: Architectural, Beds and borders, Bees (attract & feed bees), Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Wildlife

Cultivation: Plant in a fertile, well-drained soil in full sun and protect from strong winds. In very cold winters, apply a dry mulch around the plant.

Soil type: Chalky, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage: Well-drained

Soil pH: Acid, Alkaline, Neutral

Light: Full Sun

Aspect: South, East, West

Exposure: Sheltered

Hardiness: Hardy (H4)

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