Cynara cardunculus
Cynara cardunculus
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,Edible)
Bloom time Size Exposure
Summer 3-6' tall x 2-3' wide Sun 
Hardiness Zone:7,8,9,10,11
zone map Cold Hardy to 0° to 10°F
Attracts Bees Attracts BeesAttracts Beneficial Insects Attracts Beneficial Insects
Attracts Birds Attracts BirdsAttracts Butterflies Attracts Butterflies
Attracts Hummingbirds Attracts HummingbirdsCulinary Uses Culinary Uses
Deer Resistant Deer ResistantDrought Tolerant Drought Tolerant
Edible Parts Edible PartsFabulous Foliage Fabulous Foliage
Good for Cut Flowers Good for Cut FlowersLong Blooming or Repeat Blooming Long Blooming or Repeat Blooming
NW Great Plant Pick NW Great Plant PickShowy Flowers Showy Flowers