Cynara cardunculus



Large silver plant leaves topped with spiky, violet thistle-like flower heads. Fresh or dried, they provide a bold textural element to bouquets.


50 seeds per packet

19 in stock

Flower type:Disk
Life cycle:Perennial
Climate:Will toletrate frost and live for many years.
Sowing guide:Direct sow not recommended. Sow in trays in mid to late summer and plant out in early autumn
Germination guide:7-10 days @ 21-26 C. Cover seed with a thin layer of vermiculite. Following germination, move tray to receive temperatures of 15-20 C during the day and 10-15 C at night. After 4 to 6 weeks, transplant into garden. Protect new transplants from frost.
Position:Full Sun
Spacing:100 cm
Pinch:Not necessary
Flowering time:Summer
Final height:100 - 150cm

Growing Tips:

Provide plant support when growing in windy areas. Not ideal for a small growing space as they need some room to spread.

Harvesting Tips:

Harvest when the violet thistles are halfway open, or when the "neck" below the bud is robust enough. Expected vase life is 10 days or more.

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