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Cynara cardunculus
@ Joy Creek Nsy, OR

Cynara cardunculus

Perennial Cardoon

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Item #: 4949

Zones: 7b to 9b

Height: 36" tall

Culture: Sun

Origin: Morocco

Pot Size: 3.5" pot (24 fl. oz/0.7 L) ?

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The famed cardoon, aka Cynara cardunculus, makes a dramatic evergreen statement in the sunny perennial border with its 3-4' long, arching, ghost-like, jagged, soft-grey foliage. Once the 4' wide clumps are established, they are topped with 6' tall stalks of blue-violet, thistle-like flowers in late summer. After flowering, cardoons die to the ground for a month-long rest before re-sprouting. For a striking, bold-textured accent plant, you can't beat cardoon! Cardoon, which sounds more like a mythical place in Scotland than a plant, was chosen by the Royal Horticultural Society as one of the top 200 plants of the last 200 years. Cynara cardunculus is actually an ornamental form of the edible artichoke that grows best in well-drained soils...very drought tolerant.

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