Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'

Globe Artichoke

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Flower colour



Flowers, Dramatic foliage



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Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'
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Globe artichoke, Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group' is a dramatic perennial plant grown for its edible immature flowerheads, which are produced from July onwards. It's also highly ornamental, bearing striking silvery, thistle-like foliage and tall flower stems topped by fat thistle buds. If not harvested, these open into large purple thistle flowers which attract masses of bees. The dead flowerheads can be left on the plants to provide additional interest in winter, and may lure in a flock of finches.

Grow Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group' in moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Plants are easily raised from seed, or propagated by division in spring. Snails may be a problem for young shoots.

Family: Asteraceae

Genus: Cynara

Species: cardunculus

Cultivar: Scolymus Group

Plant type: Vegetable

Flower colour: Mauve

Foliage colour: Silver

Feature: Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 120cm

Spread: 90cm

Time to plant seeds: March to May

Time to divide plants: February to March

Flowering period: June to September

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