Cynara cardunculus
Cynara cardunculus
Cardoon
Large, silver-green, deeply-divided, spiny leaves are topped by 4-5" glowing blue-violet flowers in summer. Grown for harvest of its edible leaf stalks or for use as an unusual architectural specimen. (Perennial)
Bloom time Size Exposure
Summer 5' tall x 4' wide Sun 
Hardiness Zone:7,8,9
zone map Cold Hardy to 0° to 10°F
Attracts Bees Attracts BeesAttracts Birds Attracts Birds
Attracts Butterflies Attracts ButterfliesCulinary Uses Culinary Uses
Deer Resistant Deer ResistantDrought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Fabulous Foliage Fabulous FoliageGood for Cut Flowers Good for Cut Flowers
NW Great Plant Pick NW Great Plant Pick