Sunday, January 13, 2019

Plants in Early American Gardens - Cardoon

 Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)
Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus)

Cardoon is a magnificent perennial native to southern Europe, with spiny, gray-green foliage and purple, thistle-like flowers. The French first grew it as a vegetable and Quakers brought it to America in the 1790's. Although related to Globe Artichokes - which Jefferson grew throughout his life - the edible part of a Cardoon is its thick leaf stalk, which can be blanched with mounded soil.

Contact The Thomas Jefferson Center for Historic Plants at
Phone 434-984-9819