Cardoon ‘rouge d’alger’, C. cardunculus, Asteraceae, 4in potted plant, Organic, Heirloom, GMO Free
4in Potted Plant
Name: Cardoon, Rouge d’Alger
Scientific Name: C. cardunculus
Cardoons are closely related to the glob artichoke, but tend to be larger and less prickly. The Rouge d’Alger cardoons have large purple blooms and reddish purple stems. The vegetables have a delicate flavor and are eaten either cooked or raw.
Origination: western and central Mediterranean region
Recommended Uses: Culinary
Hardiness: zones: USDA 7-9
Flower Color: Purple
Maturity: 120 Days
Growing Instructions: Cardoons thrive in full sun and well-drained, rich soil. Preferring more mesic watering conditions, it also forms a tap root so it does not transplant well once established. Plant in the full sun and allow the plant to dry between watering. Blanching the stalk as it grows is recommended if you plan on harvesting the cardoon for eating. This can be done by building up the soil around the stem as it grows.