Cynara cardunculus

Scientific name: Cynara cardunculus

Synonym: Cynara cardunculus Cardoon


Common names: “globe artichoke” “cardoon” “prickly artichoke”

Plant Type: Herbaceous perennial


Zone: 7-9

Light: Full sun, will not grow in shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Fertile soil with good mulch

Moisture: Moist well drained, tolerant of some drought


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Plant Size: H 3-6′ W 2-3′

Leaf and Stem shape: Clumps of silvery-grey, spiny leavesImage result for cynara cardunculus

Flower: Large thistle-like purple flowers in late summer

Maintenance: Low, if grown as a foliage plant cut out flower stalks as they emerge

Landscape use: Mixed border, cut and dried flowers, structural, wildlife garden

Propagate: By seed, division and root cuttings

Pests & Disease: Snails and slugs may cause damage

*attracts beneficial insects

Comments: ~AGM winner, considered an invasive weed in California, certain cultivars are known to revert and escape the garden, some stalks of this plant are edible but the cultivated garden variety is much better for that

Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus –“Artichoke”  Flower buds edible before they bloom

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