Cardoon - Cardoon – Large Smooth


Cynara cardunculus

HEIRLOOM Robust and beautiful, grey-green, 2-6′ tall artichoke-like flowers and plants with edible and smooth thickened leaf stalks. Used in Mediterranean recipes.
Also called Artichoke Thistle or Cardoni, this thistle-like plant is native to the Mediterranean found in many southern French and Italian dishes. A beautiful ornamental, with stalks that are delicious steamed or braised, with an artichoke-like flavor. Nutrients: vitamins C, B6, folate (high), pantothenic acid, calcium, phosphorous, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese. (1 Gram Packet)

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SKU: 103-001-1-C Category:

Product Description

Average Seed / oz Seed / 100′ Row Average Yield / 100′ Row Days to Harvest
700 60 NA 115
Planting Season Ideal Soil Temp Sun Frost Tolerance
After Last Frost 50-75°F Full Sun Frost Sensitive
Sowing Method Seed Depth Direct Seed Spacing Seeds Per Packet
Transplant or Direct Seed 1/4″ NA 20
Mature Spacing Days to Sprout Production Cycle Seed Viability
18-24″ 10-21 Annual 5 years

Bed Preparation

Cardoon is moderately frost hardy and perennial in Zone 7 and warmer. Plant in full sun and well-drained soil.


Start seeds indoors 6 weeks before danger of last frost. Plant seeds 1/4" deep in 6" containers. Transplant after danger of frost with 18-24" between plants. To obtain white, tender leaf stalks, blanch stalks for 4 weeks before harvest by wrapping with newspaper and securing with string.

To encourage overwintering, cut plants in fall to about 8-10 inches above ground and cover with straw or leaves.


Leaf stalks will be ready to harvest in 120-150 days.

Additional information

Weight 1 g

1 grams – Packet


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