Cynara cardunculus - Cardoon

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(Cynara cardunculus) 20 seeds per pack. Very closely related to the artichoke, cardoon is a popular vegetable throughout the Mediterranean region, with numerous edible uses. Unlike the common artichoke, it is primarily grown for its edible stalks, which look a bit like giant celery, and have an artichoke-like flavor. Flower buds are also eaten, with utility in a varieties of prepared foods. Leaves have thistles. Herbaceous perennial to 4-5 ft / 1.5 m. Known to be weedy in certain areas, such as California, so while it is grown commercially, care should be taken not to let it escape the garden. #2132