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Cardoon ???

My neighbour has a plant which i have identified as a Cardoon . Last year on my side of the fence i had a number of shoots appearing which i just used to take out. I have planted my garden from scratch so i knew it was not something i had planted . Thinking now it may be from the Cardoon and maybe letting a couple grow but it looks a large plant and not sure if i should or how far it spreads , what do people think ?


  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,875
    I've had one for years (the ornamental Cynara cardunculatus - not sure if the edible one is different?) and it doesn't spread from the roots, but it does self-seed a bit if I leave the seed heads on. Soil type may affect whether it spreads though - mine is free-draining and sandy, and this particular location is also near a privet hedge which takes out moisture.
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • punkdocpunkdoc Posts: 13,728
    Over time the clump will spread and it does become a large plant. I would not be without it: great leaves, fantastic flowers, and seed heads that last most of the winter.
    How can you lie there and think of England
    When you don't even know who's in the team

    S.Yorkshire/Derbyshire border
  • JennyJJennyJ Posts: 8,875
    I hope mine will spread, but it's been there something like 10 or 12 years now. It looks great but spreading isn't happening. It must be the dryness and competition. I do like how it looks against the dark green hedge though. I have a few seedlings potted up so I'll try those in different places and see how they go.
    @sunshine preferred , maybe you could post a picture?
    Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Soil type: sandy, well-drained
  • Mary370Mary370 Posts: 2,003
    Planted seeds of it a few weeks ago....... feeling hopeful......
  • Jennyj , i pulled up all the shoots last year so nothing to show . If i have the shoots this year i may let a couple grow to see if they are from the cardoon , may be that they are from something else . My neighbours love their garden and is heavily planted so who knows .
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