Position – Full sun
Soil – Well-drained
Flowering Period – Juen to august
Hardiness – Fully hardy
Cynara are strong and majestic thistle-like plants that are held above clumps of deeply cut silver-grey foliage. The seed heads which appear on this plant provide you with a fantastic ornamental feature for winter interest and are a popular choice in flower arrangements. The root and leaf stalk are supposedly edible and is believed to taste like asparagus. They look fantastic in flower beds and borders as part of an architectural or informal garden. You should expect to see Cynara grow to an approximate height of 1.5m (5’) and a spread of 90cm (36”). These plants are native to the Mediterranean.
Cynara are best planted in well-drained soil of loam, chalk and sand within an acidic, alkaline or neutral PH balance. When planting Cynara, please take note that they do not like exposure to high winds and adverse weather conditions. Place in an area of your garden that is sheltered and protected from these environments with access to full sunlight.
When first planted, ensure that the soil is watered thoroughly, especially during periods of drought. As with most plants, water Cynara when deemed necessary without the temptation to overwater. In cold winters and in periods of extreme cold weather, apply a layer of dry mulch to ensure that the plants retain consistent temperatures and moisture in the soil. Deadhead as necessary to prolong the flowering period.
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