Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus 'Bianco Avorio')

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 6-8 feet
Plant Spread: 6 feet
Leaves: Unusual foliage color
Other: leaves have sharp spines
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Purple
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Provides winter interest
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Containers: Not suitable for containers
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil


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Date: 2012-10-28
By SongofJoy
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Courtesy Annie's Heirloom Seeds
By vic
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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Feb 23, 2012 3:38 PM

Cardoon 'Bianco Avorio' has very thin ribs and produces a straight plant with spines that will grow up to six feet tall. Cardoons are like a giant artichoke only the stems are eaten rather than the flowers.

The plant prefers full sun and light fertile soil. This plant can be used ornamentally as well.

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