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Cynara cardunculus (Scolymus Group)

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Cynara scolymus
Description

The plant resembles a giant, silver-green fern and the flowers are a stunning electric lavendar.

Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#silver leaves#wildlife plant#edible flowers#nectar plant#showy leaves#vegetable garden#pollinator plant
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#bees#showy flowers#silver leaves#wildlife plant#edible flowers#nectar plant#showy leaves#vegetable garden#pollinator plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Cynara
    Species:
    cardunculus
    Family:
    Asteraceae
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    North Africa and Western Europe
    Wildlife Value:
    Flowers are attractive to pollinators.
    Edibility:
    The fleshy phyllaries can be eaten and the flowers can be made into tea.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 3 ft. 0 in. - 5 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 2 ft. 0 in. - 3 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Edible
    Vegetable
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Available Space To Plant:
    3 feet-6 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Gray/Silver
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Showy
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Pollinator Garden
    Design Feature:
    Accent
    Attracts:
    Bees
    Butterflies
    Pollinators