Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'

Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'

Globe artichoke

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Key Information

  • Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus 'Scolymus Group'
  • Common name: Globe artichoke
  • Plant type: Vegetable

Height: 1.2m

Spread: 90cm

Flower colour:
  • Purple
Foliage colour:
  • Silver
  • Features: Dramatic foliage, Flowers

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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.

Position

  • Sun exposure: Full sun
  • Aspect: South facing, West facing
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Maintenance: Prefers rich soil
  • Soil type: Well drained/light/sandy

Wildlife

Attracts:
  • Bees

  • Beneficial insects

  • Birds

  • Butterflies / Moths

  • Other pollinators

  • Wildlife features: Nectar/pollen rich flowers

Care routine

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Toxicity

Toxic to:
  • People

  • Cats

  • Dogs

  • Birds

  • Horses

  • Livestock

  • Effects: No toxic effects reported for this plant.

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