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Cynara cardunculus

9cm pot £8.99
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Buy Cynara cardunculus cardoon: Attractive thistle-like flower-heads

This perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, then fresh new growth appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Huge, purple, thistle-like flowers from June to September held above enormous clumps of deeply-cut, silvery-green leaves. This magnificent, architectural plant is perfect towards the back of a mixed or herbaceous border. For the best results it needs full sun, lots of space and shelter from strong winds.

  • Garden care: Avoid the temptation to remove the faded flower-heads in autumn as they provide interest in the winter garden. Where temperatures fall below -15°C (5°F) protect the crown of the plant with a dry winter, straw mulch.

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Eventual height & spread

I may have been optimistic buying this plant - the Cardoon.


I wanted it to be a feature in a border outside my front door but it has only just survived. It didn't bloom until late Autumn and hardly grew at all. I was expecting the tall architectural beauty that I had enjoyed in Herefordshire, but it is a bit sad! I cannot blame the condition in which it arrived, the service of "Crocus" or the instructions.

Nana Heather



Good strong plant


Strong plant which has overwintered well.




Cynara cardunculus


Plants arrived as scheduled. Planting instructions were clear and easy to follow. We planted in September 2018 and by June 2019 we had a magnificent display of good tall plants. Delighted with the plants and the service provided by Crocus


north London


Fab plant success rate high


Crocus sell good plants plants




Never thrived


plant never really thrived. Was weedy and floppy in yr 1, with no sign of a flower, it came back well in yr 2 but leaves were floppy and scoured - and prey to snails. Has now collapsed with no hope of resurrection.




Very attractive plant and would buy again.


Absolutely brilliant plant for back of flower bed. Am looking forward to it flowering.All Crocus plants are healthy and well packed. It is the only online company I use for plants.


Wickham Hampshire



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I need to add to the Thistle plants already in my garden to increase the " show " I have bought from you before with excellent results. How are the plants supplied and when do I cut back the existing for re growth. I have read regarding leaving the tops on in winter. Thank you.

Keen gardner with no idea

Hello there We sell these in 9cm or 2lt pots. We say to leave the flowerheads for interest in the winter garden, but if they go brown and soggy I would cut them back. If we have a cold winter and temperature falls below -15°C (5°F) I would protect the crown of the plant with a dry, straw mulch.

Bare root beauties-Thistles! Hi We bought some ornamental thistle plants from you earlier this year which have grown really well and the thistles were superb. The thistles are starting to die off now can you tell me what to do with plants and the thistles now that winter is coming on. Thank You Gill

Gillian Brady

Hello Gill, I think you purchased the Cynaras, so you should avoid the temptation to remove the faded flower-heads in autumn as they provide interest in the winter garden, and if temperatures fall below -15??C (5??F) protect the crown of the plant with a dry, straw mulch now. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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