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 Growing to about 4ft, silver-grey leaves with prickles ans a thistle like flower emerging at top of stem, unknown colour as yet not flower. Looks amazing but no idea as to name. Please help!

Robot

Looks like a globe artichoke to me but I only ever grew one once and then it disappeared so my memory could be having a blip.

Gary Hobson

To my mind, that looks more like an Onopordon.

If the leaf edges are at all prickly, then it's Onopordon.

Leggi

Could be an Eryngium, possibly giganteum.

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Thanks Auntiemaid and Robot, I've checked your ideas but I don't think it is.  Gary, I think you're onto something, I'll know better when it flowers, thankyou!

I really wish it was, Leggi, alas, I think not,

I agree with Cynara cardunculus : ) http://www.bbc.co.uk/gardening/plants/plant_finder/plant_pages/248.shtml

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