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  • Common Name: Cardoon, Artichoke Thistle, Globe Artichoke
  • Position: Full sun in a sheltered position
  • Soil: Fertile, well-drained soil
  • Flowers: Summer
  • Flower Colour: Purple
  • Hardiness: Fully hardy
  • Habit: Herbaceous perennial
  • Height: 150cm
Closely related to the Globe Artichoke, this hardy thistle-like perennial has an imposing appearance, ideal for the herbaceous border but is also cultivated for its edible flower heads and leaf stalks.  The large purple flowers open in summer, but are cut unopened for eating.
Cynara cardunculus RHS Award of Garden Merit RHS Chelsea Flower Show