Common Name: Cardoon, Artichoke thistle. Scientific Name: Cynara cardunculus. Family: Asteraceae. Genus: Cynara. Plant type: Perennial. Height: 6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m). Flower color: Purple/Lavender. Foliage Color: Silver. Flowering time: June to September.

The cardoon or Artichoke thistle (Cynara cardunculus), is a thistle-like plant which is member of the aster family,Asteraceae. It is native to the Mediterranean. It can grow to 8 ft (2.4 m) tall and can spread to 6 ft (1.8 m) wide. It is in flower from June to September. The flowers are hermaphrodite.