Cardoon Drama

The most dramatic plant in my gardens in June is the giant Cardoon.

Its purple tufts are finally emerging from the artichoke-like buds.

These buds are bigger than my fist. The plant is taller that I am by at least a foot.

Its other names are Artichoke Thistle and Cynara cardunculus.

Cardoon/Artichoke thistle/Cynara cardunculus

Most parts of this plant can be eaten if prepared correctly. I have not tried it.

It thrives on this slope in full sun.

I got this from my friend the Fairy. No wonder it is magical.

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My Cardoon

I have hovered over this plant for months. It is an Artichoke thistle or Cardoon. Its scientific name is Cynara cardunculus.  It may be a pest in some locations, so it is best not to let it set seed.

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I got it from my friend the fairy.

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It started out last fall in a three inch pot.  It has spread out and reached up until it is taller than I am.

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Now its artichoke-like blooms have sent up their purple tufts.

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The bees love the blooms as much as I do.

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The buds may be eaten like an artichoke.

The stems may be eaten like celery after braising and/or steaming.  Even the root can be boiled and eaten. I prefer to just feast on it with my eyes.

I am proud of my giant baby.

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