1x packet of Cynara cardunculus seeds (10 seeds).
Cynara cardunculus, also known as the Cardoon or Artichoke Thistle, is a large and robust plant. Native to the Mediterranean region, it is perfectly hardy throughout the UK and is an established garden favourite.
The architectural silvery / grey foliage is complimented by bright purple thistle-like flowers during the summer months. These are excellent for pollinators, and the flowers are often alive with the buzz of bees! Plant can reach 6 feet in height and are strongly perennial – coming back from the roots each year.
Sow seeds into a good quality seed compost. No special treatment is necessary and germination can take between 2 and 6 weeks or so. Seedlings grow quite quickly and can be potted on as required before planting out. Seedlings can be susceptible to slug damage when young, although this is much less of a problem as the plants grow larger.
Grow in full sun.