Cardoon growing shrub‎ of the genus Cynara also known as Artichoke thistle or Cynara cardunculus, Cardoon perennial evergreen plant and also used as ornamental plant, can grow in mediterranean, temperate or subtropical climate and growing in hardiness zone 8-10 as perennial 5-8 as annual.

Cardoon flower

Leaves edible size 20-70+ cm the color is green gray, the edge of the leaf serrated, the part of the leaf that edible is the stem of the leaf.

Buds edible and spiny, the bottom of the bud is the heart is the biggest edible part, in every bud leaf in the end it’s also edible part, the bud size 5-20 cm.

Flower color purple that grow in round shape head.

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Requirements for Cardoon growing and care:

Slightly acid soil, mulch

What is the best way to start growing?
Plant / Seedling / Seed

Is it necessary to graft or use vegetative reproduction?
No

Difficulties or problems when growing:
If ants build their nest next to the plant there is no future for this plant

Planting season:
Spring, summer and autumn in hardiness zone 10b

Pests and diseases:
Aphids, ants, slugs

Pruning season:
All year

How to prune:
Dead leaves

Size of the plant?
1-2 m

Growth speed in optimal condition:
Fast growing / Medium growing

Water requirement:
Average amount of water / Big amount of water

Light conditions in optimal condition for growing:
Full Sun / Half Shade

Is it possible to grow as houseplant?
No

Growing is also possible in a planter /flowerpot / containers:
Yes

Blooming information

Bloom season:
Summer / Autumn

General information about the flower
Purple flower that grow in globe shape buds

Pollination is done by:
Bees

Edible leaves

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Leaves harvesting season:
Winter / Spring

How to harvest the leaves?
After the plant establish, before the flowers, can be possible to take all the tender almost fully grown leaves

Information about leaves:
Green-gray leaves size 20-70+ cm, the edge of the leaf serrated, the edible part the stem of the leaf.

Uses of Cardoon leaves:
Cooked

Scientific name:

Cynara cardunculus

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