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Cynara cardunculus
( Violetto Cardoon )

'Violetto' is an especially early-producing variety which is best treated as an annual and not overwintered. Cardoons are a relative of the artichoke, and require much the same cultural conditions and care. Plant indoors about 8 weeks before the soil warms, and then harden off and transplant shallowly outside. Space the plants 24 inches apart in rows 3 feet apart. If you want your cardoons to produce perennially, cut the stalks to 8 inches in early winter, and bury with straw. Next years' crop will be rooted offshoots of these parent plants. Harvest: While growing, blanch the stalks by wrapping them in newspaper and tying with twine. The leaves can be eaten fresh like celery, or cooked.
Important Info : It is the fleshy stalk and leaves of cardoon which are eaten.


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Characteristics
Cultivar:Violetto  
Family:Asteraceae  
Size:Height: 0 ft. to 4 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 4 ft.  
Plant Category:annuals and biennials,  
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Foliage Color:green, silver to cream,  
Flower Characteristics:erect, showy,  
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Requirements
Bloomtime Range:not applicable  
USDA Hardiness Zone:8 to 10  
AHS Heat Zone:Not defined for this plant  
Light Range:Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range:5.5 to 7  
Soil Range:Some Sand to Loam  
Water Range:Normal to Moist  

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