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Cynara cardunculus

Cardoon

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Features

  • BloomsJune to September
  • Height1m to 1.6m
  • Spread0.8m to 1.5m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourBlue-purple
  • Leaf ColourSilver-grey

Description

Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon). This is a strong-growing perennial spiny clump with stout branches and beautiful silvery-grey foliage. The flower are thistle-like and a purplish-blue.

Characteristics

Perennial, Vegetable

Origin

Southern Europe

Interest and use

Border, ornamental, dried arrangements, bedding.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilClay, Fertile, Poor quality
  • Soil pH7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

You will need to prune and give it a good annual mulching, this is recommended in cool areas. The deep watering and regular feeding during the growing season will provide you with maximum growth and beauty.

Propagation

You can propagate by seeds or division in the spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Susceptible to grey mould, slugs and aphids.

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