Intriguing blue-purple powder-puff flowers that arise from spiny globes.
A pollinator friendly plant including bees.
This is a butterfly friendly plant.
Good for wildlife in general.
How easy is it to grow:
This has won the RHS Award of Garden Merit . To win this impressive accolade the plants must have outstanding excellence for decorating a garden, be robust, not require highly specialist growing conditions or care and not be particularly susceptible to any pest or disease.
This plant is good for a wildlife garden, back of a plant border, rough area, or herb garden and it is easy provided the soil is well drained.
We have plenty more herb plants for sale that are easy like this one.
Also known as: Globe Artichoke, Prickly Artichoke, Cardone, Cardoni, Carduni and Cardi.
Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus.
Calamint culinary uses:
Flower buds, stalks and leaf stalks can be cooked.
May cause an allergic reaction if eaten.
The best position in the garden:
Is it useful as a groundcover plant?
Yes, it will fill a gap at the back of a border.
What type of soil:
Well drained soil. Tolerates chalky soil and acidic soils.
How much moisture:
Hardiness and, or, lifespan:
Hardy if well drained. Prefers a sheltered spot.
Care and maintenance:
When newly planted always keep it watered until the roots have grown down and it is able to find its own moisture.
Can suffer from Blackflies (Aphids).
Slugs and snails can damage the leaves.
Size of plant:
Height up to 200 cm.
Spread 100 cm.
Planting density – to calculate how many plants are required in a planting scheme:
Allow 1 plant per square metre.
Buy herb plants from our mail order website.
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