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Cardoon in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Cynara cardunculus syn. Cynara cardunculus Cardoon

 

Cardoon

A spreading plant with prickly and deeply divided foliage which is grey/silver in colour, resembling the leaves of the thistle. The thistle like flowers are purple. Originally it was grown for culinary use.

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plant Features
  • Cardoon likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Cardoon likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Cardoon is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Cardoon likes free draining

    Free draining

 
plant information

Common name

Cardoon

Latin name

Cynara cardunculus syn. Cynara cardunculus Cardoon

type

Hardy Perennial

family

Asteraceae

ph

6.0 - 7.8 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Cardoon likes full sun

    Full sun

  • Frost

    Cardoon is a little frost hardy: 32f (0°c)

    A little frost hardy: 32F (0°C)

  • Soil

    Cardoon likes free draining

    Free draining

  • Water

    Cardoon likes very little water

    Very little water

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full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Cardoon is 1.00meters x 2.00meters 1.00 M 2.00 M

Cynara cardunculus syn. Cynara cardunculus Cardoon

A spreading plant with prickly and deeply divided foliage which is grey/silver in colour, resembling the leaves of the thistle. The thistle like flowers are purple. Originally it was grown for culinary use.


Planting Outdoors

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Plant out in full sun although they will tolerate partial shade.

 

Flowering Season

From Late Spring TO Late Summer

Thistle like flowers are a good purple.

 

Propagation by seed

From Early Spring TO Mid Spring

Sow seed under glass, this can be collected from the seeds head of the previous year.

 

Sow seed in flowering position

From Mid Spring TO Late Spring

Sow seed directly into growing position, this can be collected from the seeds head of the previous year.

 
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