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Commonly known as Cardoon
- Mature Size
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Purple Shades of purple/mauve/lilac/violet
Herbaceous Early in the year, typically January till end of March, herbaceous plants might be supplied in 9cm pots to ensure timely despatch.
Clump forming thistle-like perennial. Leaves, usually spiny, to 50cm (20in) long. Flower heads, 4-8cm (1½-3in) across are produced on grey-woolly stems
Hardy - very cold winter Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
Shelter from strong winds.
Good to know - blanched leaf stalks and midribs are edible. Also used for vegetable rennet and biodiesel from the pressed seeds. Wildlife plant - nectar and pollen for insects.
Pests & Diseases
slugs, aphids, grey mould.
Place of origin
Fertile well drained soil
- Dividing Herbaceous Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Spring Planting Osteospermums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing Summer Perennials - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dividing summer flowering Hemerocallis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Summer propagation - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Self-seeding aquilegia - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Supporting Plants - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading meconopsis - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Dead heading Delphiniums - Video Tip ondemand_video
- Feeding herbaceous peonies - Video Tip ondemand_video