Jul 19th, 2014

Knockout Bloom: Cardoon 'Rouge d'Alger'

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.


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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