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by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden 

Cynara cardunculus

Cardoon ‘Rouge d’Alger’ (Cynara cardunculus)

After spotting this artichoke-like bud on the cardoon in the Children’s Garden, I was excited to see what it would look like when it opened up into a flower.

Quite a beauty! …And yes, it is related to the more widely-known globe artichoke that many folks love to eat. Cardoon, like its cousin, is also edible.


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