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Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon, Cynara)

Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon, Cynara)
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Type Herbaceous flower, Herb, Culinary, Deciduous, Flowering
Form Spiky Foliage / Spiky Upright Form, Architectural Form
Size Medium Border Plant (50-180cm height)
Colours Purple Flowers (Summer), Silver Foliage
Care Some Maintenance Required
Hardiness Frost hardy, Drought Tolerant
Growth Fast Growing Plant
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Cynara cardunculus - Cultivation Notes

Cardoon will flourish in any well drained soil, especially chalky soils. Preferring a position in full sun - ideal for a hot, dry south facing border.

Strengths, Weaknesses & Design Usage

Strengths of Cynara cardunculus:

  • Sun loving drought tolerant plant
  • Spiney growth can deter unwanted visitors!
  • Architectural plant – ideal as a ‘stand out’ plant
  • Tolerates full sun and sandy, drought-prone soils

Weaknesses of Cynara cardunculus

  • Invasive top growth
  • Spiney plant - can scratch young children and gardeners!

Design & Plant Use for Cynara cardunculus:

  • Summer flowering herbaceous plant suitable for border planting
  • Architectural plant with dramatic foliage suitable for hot dry spot
  • Ideal for planting within the herb garden
  • Ideal for informal cottage garden style planting
  • Herbaceous plant with culinary usage

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Common Missspellings: Cinara, Cynarea, Siynara

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