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Cynara cardunculus /Carhoon, Artichoke Thistle

Cynara cardunculus  / Cynara cardunculus
Early artichoke development after flowering and attractive gray-green foliage
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Early artichoke development after flowering and attractive gray-green foliage

Handsome purple flowers

Clump in full flower and early fruit development

Specimen in a garden setting

A close-up of the beautiful gray-green foliage

Close-up image of the mid-rib on a leaf

A head releasing thousands of seeds

Seeds are air borne

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Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus
Common Name: Carhoon, Artichoke Thistle
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 5-8 feet
Spread: 3 -5 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Purple
Fruit present: Spring
Fruit color: Green
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Fast
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Tropical, Exotic, and Indoor Plants
Comments: A spiny thistle of the sunflower family that is crowned by bright purple thistle flowerheads from April through July. Relatives have invaded thousands of acres of lands in the far west and is very difficult to eradicate. Maintenance level is high to keep it under control. Makes an exceptional specimen as a stand-alone single and in mass plantings. Provide full sunlight and a well drained soil. Does quite well in raised planters.