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Cardoon

If you are looking for a dramatic plant to add to your garden I suggest you take a look at the cardoon. A cousin of the artichoke, cardoon has the same thistle-like silver-grey foliage and purple flowering heads, but it is less finicky than an artichoke. Plus, cardoon is just a cool looking plant. It is a perennial that is grown as an annual in most areas. Plant it after the last frost date in spring in a spot that receives full sun to partial shade and well drained, fertile soil.

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Cardoon
Cynara cardunculus
Zone
7,8,9
Categories
perennial, sun garden favorite
Bloom Time
summer to early fall
Light
Full Sun
Soil
moist, rich
Plant Height
3 to 5 feet