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Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'

Globe Artichoke

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Key information

Plant type

Vegetable

Flower colour

Mauve

Feature

Flowers, Dramatic foliage

Hardiness

Hardy

Skill level

Experienced

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Plant details

This dramatic perennial plant may be grown for its decorative qualities at the back of the border, where its leaves make a fine spreading clump of blue-green foliage, but it is mostly grown for the edible immature flowerheads which are produced from July onwards. Plants are easily raised from seed, or 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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