Cardoon is similar to the globe artichoke. In fact, they are both part of the thistle family. With cardoon, however, it's the leaves and flower stalks -- not the flower bud -- that are eaten and featured in vegetable recipes. In this article, we'll talk about growing cardoon.
Cardoon is a tender perennial grown as an annual for its young leaf-stalks, which are blanched and eaten like celery. A member of the artichoke family, cardoon has the same deeply cut leaves and heavy, bristled flower heads. Cardoon, which will grow anywhere in the United States, can grow to 4 feet tall and 2 feet wide, so it will need plenty of space in your garden.
Common Name: Cardoon
Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus
Hardiness: Tender (will die at first frost)
In the next section, we'll show you how to grow cardoon.