Cynara cardunculus 'Cardy'

Cardoon - Cynara cardunculus  'Cardy'

Common Name: Cardoon
Genus: Cynara
Species: cardunculus
Cultivar: 'Cardy'

Category: Perennials
Growth Rate: Average
Features: Makes good cut flowers, Has interesting foliage, Has fragrant flowers/foliage, A good architectural plant, Long flowering period

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 1.50 m (150 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sunSpread: 1.20 m (120 cm)

Foliage Type: Semi EvergreenFlower Colour: Purple
Foliage Colour: Green, Grey/SilverFlowering Period: June to September

Soil Type: Normal/Loam or Sandy/Light or Chalky/Alkaline
Soil Moisture: Dry, well drained or Moist, but well drained

The majestic purple thistle-like honey-scented flowers of this stately cardoon are held above clumps of magnificent deeply cut silvery-green leaves. Given plenty of space this perennial makes an eye-catching focal-point for a large sunny mixed or herbaceous border or potager sheltered from strong winds. The flower are particularly valuable for use in fresh or dried flower arrangements

  • Garden care: Avoid the temptation to remove the faded flower-heads in autumn as they provide interest in the winter garden. Where temperatures fall below -15C (5F) protect the crown of the plant with a dry straw mulch.