Cynara cardunculus

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Buy Cynara cardunculus cardoon: A fabulous architectural plant

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

    The majestic, purple, thistle-like, honey-scented flowers of this stately cardoon are held above clumps of magnificent, deeply cut, silvery-green leaves. Given plenty of space, this perennial makes an eye-catching focal-point for a large, sunny, mixed or herbaceous border, or potager, sheltered from strong winds. The flower are particularly valuable for use in fresh or dried flower arrangements

  • 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, straw mulch.

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Notes on Cynara cardunculus

"Makes a striking focal point in a gravel garden, sunny border or coastal garden; a good choice for large wildflower gardens"

very healty lovly plant

5

Looks connected to my tropical plants

caz

coventry

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Arrive in great condition

5

A wonderful plant in the right spot

SC

Southampton

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Wow!

5

I had to move this plant because I hadn't realised just how big it was growing & spreading ! but I was lucky. It survived the move & I'm so glad it did - it's absolutely fabulous.

Ginbin

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Please could you let me know whether I can plant cardoon in Sept/Oct or should I wait until the spring? Many thanks.

novice gardener

These plants are fully hardy, so autumn is a great time to plant them out.

Helen

Can this be pruned during growth so that it doesn't grow to its maximum height yet still flower? I'd like to be able to keep it to circa 1m in height.

AR

Hello, It is possible to cut it down if you wish to grow this as a foliage plant, however it is unlikely to send up a shorter flower spike if it is cut back.

Helen

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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