Cynara cardunculus 'Cardy'


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Plant type

Hardy perennial

Flower colour



Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Dramatic foliage



Skill level


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Plant details

This is a dramatic plant with deeply-cut silvery foliage and purple thistle-like flowers. A close cousin of the edible artichoke, it is ideal for sunny, mixed borders and the flowers dry well for use in arrangements. Otherwise leave the seedheads on into winter to add interest to the garden.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Cynara

Species: cardunculus

Cultivar: Cardy

Plant type: Hardy perennial

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Attractive seed-heads, Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 120cm

Spread: 150cm

Time to divide plants: March to May

Flowering period: June to September

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