Cardoon (Cynara scolymus) packet of 20 seeds, organic

$3.95

Family:  Aster (Asteraceae)

Hardy to Zones 7 to 9, often grown as an annual maturing in 100 days.

Native to the Mediterranean, attaining a height of 5 feet in the first year, eventually rising to 8 feet with full maturity. Showy, silvery-leaved, like giant thistles but less spiny, cardoon is grown primarily as a vegetable.  The blanched, fleshy leaf stems and midribs are steamed or baked and eaten like artichoke hearts.  Traditional uses of tea of dried leaves (TWM):  reduced LDL cholesterol and used in weight control programs.  Source of cynarine.  Plant prefers a sunny position in regular garden soil with moderate watering.  Sow seed in warm soil, about as deep as it is wide, tamp and keep warm and moist until germination, which occurs in 7 to 10 days.  Transplant to 3 feet apart.

20 seeds per packet, Certified Organically Grown

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    morph.brick

    Hello Richo, What’s the difference between this and globe artichoke? They have the same botanical name.

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      Richo Cech

      hi momrph, if you click on the photo it gives you the monograph that examines this in greater depth, but in short globe artichokes make meaty, edible globes and cardoons make meaty, edible leaf stalks. r

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