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Cynara cardunculus is a deciduous herbaceous perennial which makes a strong statement in the garden. It has striking, deeply cut, silvery-green foliage up to 1m in length and in late summer, early autumn has dramatic thistle-like purple, honey-scented flowers Read more
IMPORTANT - Please note this perennial dies back to below ground level each year in autumn, with fresh new growth appearing again in spring
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Why we love it:
  • Cynara cardunculus was a favourite with the Victorians, who grew it as a vegetable. Now it is loved for being a dramatic focal point in the garden and works well in a gravel, coastal or large wildflower garden or in a sunny border
  • It makes a great cut flower - fresh or dried
  • The dead flowerheads can be left on the plants to provide additional interest in winter, and also provides seeds for birds
  • It attracts bees and other pollinators
  • The Royal Horticultural Society have given it its Award of Garden Merit (AGM)

What you need to know:
  • Plant Type: Deciduous, upright, hardy perennial
  • Flowers: Large purple thistle flowers June to September
  • Height: 1.5-2.5m (5-8’)
  • Spread: 1-1.5m (3-5’)
  • Position: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Well drained, loam, chalk or sand

Caring for your plant:
  • Where temperatures fall below -15°C (5°F) protect the crown of the plant with a dry, straw mulch
  • Propagate by seed sown in pots in a cold frame or propagate by division in spring or take root cuttings in winter
  • Cut down flower stems as they emerge in summer if you want to grow it as a foliage plant

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