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Cynara cardunculus
Common Name: Cardoon Family: Asteraceae (The Aster Family)

Cynara cardunculus
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It would be hard to find a perennial more bold and statuesque than the cardoon. This relative of the artichoke can rise to six feet or more and has large, coarse, grey-white stems and leaves. The plants are topped with large, mauve thistle-like flowers in summer. Use as a focal point in the garden. From Mediterranean Europe.


Geogrpahical Origin:
Europe and Western Russia
Native Habitat:
Stony or waste places and in dry grassland, usually on clay.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourPurple 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread3-5'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureLoves Sun Full - Part Sun Sun  Foliage ColourSilver 
Soil MoistureAverage Dry  Stem ColourWhite 
Hardiness Zone6-10  BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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