Plant name: ‘Porto Spineless’ cardoon
Botanical name: Cynara cardunculus ‘Porto Spineless’
Suggested by: Pat Burns of Chiltern Seeds
Virtues: Striking architectural accent in the garden, elegant silver-gray toothy foliage, excellent as a cut flower and edible to boot!
Flower: Blue thistle-like flowers. They are excellent for cutting and drying.
Foliage: Silvery-gray, sharply cut leaves.
Habit: Upright, to 4 feet. Grows in a vase-like rosette with arching leaves.
Season: Early summer to late fall.
Companions: Looks great as an accent point in a silver border or contrasted with deep burgundy foliaged plants.