Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon)
With purple, thistle-like, honey-scented flowers held above clumps of deeply cut, silver-green leaves. Given plenty of space, this perennial makes an eye-catching focal point for a large, sunny, mixed or herbaceous border, or potager but do sheltered from strong winds. The flowers are particularly valuable for use in fresh or dried flower arrangements.
The leaves are used in cooking, the stems are cooked perhaps similarly to a celery stem but with more of an artichoke resemblance.
The faded flower heads can be left for winter interest in the garden or removed and dried. Plants are hardy down to minus 15, beyond this mulch or fleece in winter.
Come in a 2l pot ready to plant best in full sun and a sheltered position