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Cardoon 'Porto Spineless'
Cardoon 'Porto Spineless'

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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 6 - 9
SIZE: 5'H x 6'S Mature
BLOOM: Purple, Summer

Availability: Spring 2020

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Porto Spineless Cardoon Plants

Cynara cardunculus

An unusual looking perennial, Cardoon 'Porto Spineless', is a dramatic upright plant with thistle-like blooms and silvery serrated leaves. A member of the Daisy family and cousin to the Artichoke, this plant is sometimes called "artichoke thistle." It was bred as a hardy, easier to handle variety than other strains that grow sharp spines along the stems. Designed as a beautiful ornamental, the plant's erect profile and gently curving leaves support beautiful purple bristles that look great when cut and remain long last for dried arrangements.

A unique edible with buds resembling an Artichoke in both look and taste, Cardoons have long been used in culinary history and are still popular in Mediterranean cuisine. All parts of the plant may be eaten from flower to root, and taste delicious when steamed, roasted, braised or grilled. Try battering and frying the stems and roots, which is popular in Cajun cuisine, or use the flowers a tasty garnish. For the best flavor, harvest the flowering "chokes" when they first begin to open, while the rest of the plant can be picked and eaten at any time.

Though they can be susceptible to aphids and slugs, these tropical looking plants attract a variety of helpful insects like bees and butterflies. Typically blooming in the second season, Cardoons are drought resistant and need a lot of room to grow, tending to become invasive.

Unfortunately, we can not ship Cardoon to our friends in California. Sorry!
Zones: 6 - 9

Size: 5'H x 6'S

Light: Full Sun

Bloom: Purple, Summer

Uses: Bred as an interesting ornamental that livens up any garden or bouquet, the 'Porto Spineless' in also edible and resembles the look and taste of an artichoke.

Tips: Cardoon honey is a gormet delight! If you keep bees, grow Cardoons near your hives and enjoy the delicious infusion of taste to your honey.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 4 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Good quality June 3, 2019
Reviewer: Martin Baker from Clearfield , UT United States  
Packaging great and the plants are doing amazing   Will happily order from here again.

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5 of 5 Unique plant April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Lynn Daughdrill from Cleveland, TX United States  
I love growing herbs and rare plants. I planted my cardoon just a few weeks ago, so for now I only have new leaves. My plant arrive happy and healthy, so I'm confident my cardoon will grow beautifully. I am so taken with this companies customer care and the plants offered, I'm sure I'll become a regular customer!  Thank you for a great mail order experience.

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5 of 5 exceptional June 25, 2018
Reviewer: brenda sunderland from huntington, WV United States  
flower  came  very  well  packed  and  was very  healthy  is  in  ground  doing  its  thing  now  and  looks  great  so  far.

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  3 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 First time September 6, 2016
Reviewer: Kathy Daniel from Slaughters, KY United States  
This is my first time I have grown this plant.  I was very excited to receive it and start growing.  It arrived in wonderful condition, and it is now in its new home and growing.  So pretty so far.

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