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 Cardoon, also known as Cynara cardunculus, is a perennial plant that is closely related to the artichoke. Cardoon seeds are small, brown seeds that can be used to grow new cardoon plants.

Cardoon is native to the Mediterranean region and is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and landscapes. The plant has long, spiny leaves and produces large, thistle-like flowers that are often used in flower arrangements.

In addition to its ornamental uses, cardoon has been used in traditional medicine for its potential health benefits. The plant is rich in antioxidants and may have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties.

To grow cardoon from seeds, here are some steps you can follow:

  1. Choose a location: Cardoon prefers well-drained soil and full sun to partial shade. Choose a spot in your garden or a container that receives at least 6 hours of sunlight per day.

  2. Prepare the soil: Work some compost or well-rotted manure into the soil to improve its nutrient content and structure. Make sure the soil is moist but not waterlogged.

  3. Sow the seeds: Sow the cardoon seeds about 1/4 inch deep in the soil, spacing them at least 3 inches apart. Water the soil well after planting.

  4. Water and fertilize: Keep the soil moist but not waterlogged, and fertilize with a balanced fertilizer every 4 to 6 weeks during the growing season.

  5. Care for the plant: Cardoon is a relatively low-maintenance plant, but it does require regular pruning to promote bushier growth and prevent it from becoming too large. Remove any yellowing or dead leaves as needed.

Overall, growing cardoon from seeds can be a rewarding process that yields a striking and potentially beneficial plant. With proper care, you can enjoy the beauty and health benefits of cardoon in your garden or on your plate.

Herb Specifications

  • Season: Perennial
  • USDA Zones: 6 - 9
  • Height: 60 inches
  • Bloom Season: Late summer to mid fall
  • Bloom Color: Violet blue
  • Environment: Full sun
  • Soil Type: Moist, well-drained sandy to clay soils
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Latin Name: Cynara Cardunculus 

Planting Directions

  • Temperature: 73F
  • Average Germ Time: 14 - 21 days
  • Light Required: No
  • Depth: 1/4 - 1/2 inch
  • Sowing Rate: 3 seeds per plant
  • Moisture: Keep seeds moist until germination
  • Plant Spacing: 18 - 24 inches

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The herbal information on this web site is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. The information on this web site is not intended to prevent, diagnose, treat, or cure any disease. Please see a medical professional about any health concerns you have and before beginning any herbal regimen.