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Cynara cardunculus



  • Common Name: Cardoon, Artichoke Thistle, Globe Artichoke
  • Synonyms: Cynara cardunculus Cardoon
  • Position: Full sun, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
  • Soil: Well-drained, Chalk, Loam, Sand, Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Flowers: Summer, Autumn
  • Flower Colour: Purple
  • Hardiness: H5 - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters
  • Habit: Deciduous, Columnar, Upright
  • Height & Spread: 150cm × 120cm
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 Perfect for Pollinators RHS Chelsea Flower Show