Cynara cardunculus

Breathtaking relative of the artichoke.

Large, silvery grey serrated foliage with bright purple thistle-like flowers hailing from the Mediterranean. Young tender leaves and stalks can be cooked or eaten fresh, but stalks are most often harvested after being wrapped and blanched prior to harvest. Flower buds are eaten like artichokes but Cardoons are less flavorful than globe artichokes. Mostly, this plant is enjoyed for its show stopping stature and silvery foliage that will make a statement in any sunny garden. 

Cardoons are tender perennials that prefer well-drained soils and need space to reach mature size.

  • Height: 3-6'