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Cynara cardunculus, or cardoon, is also known as an artichoke thistle. It is a member of the sunflower family, and is native to Mediterranean climes. The giant coarse toothed leaves are architectural in form, and incredibly dramatic. A lot of that drama comes from the fact that those leaves are a very bright silvery gray. These silver leaves, in the right light, have a decidedly metallic cast.

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Cynara cardunculus The Globe Artichoke has deeply-cut, big grey silver leaves and tall stems with purple thistles in summer and early autumn.

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60 Great Ideas for the Garden

Flowering herbs grow around stately artichoke plants and bring a touch of the Mediterranean to this garden