Artichoke & Cardoon

San Diego, CA
December 24, 2013
Huge and Gorgeous
Easy to Grow 5.0
EarlyMaturity 2.0

What are the pros? Unusual

What are the cons? no dislikes


I planted cardoon because a) I had never seen a mature plant, b) I had/have some places in the garden that needed plants, and c) I wanted to add it to my edible landscape but had no plans to eat it. Cardoon is very similar to artichoke when growing from seed. The seeds were sown in 14" x 14", 6" deep trays. Germination was 100%. I planted them out in the garden in early Spring 2013. With mostly neglect all of the plants have performed amazingly! The plants are 5' across and 4' tall! Leaves are a gorgeous silver-green and the massive leaves hang gracefully to the ground. The blossoms are purple and look like miniature artichokes--so cute and a great cut flower. After watching them perform so well in less tended areas of the garden, I moved some to the front garden and they transplanted so well that I moved more to edge my potato patch.

Would you recommend this product to a friend? Yes

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