Cardoon is similar to the globe artichoke except that the young tender leaves and undeveloped tender flower stalks can be eaten rather than the flower bud. The thistle-like cardoon plant grows to a height of 3-5 feet and spreads over an area 6 feet in diameter; we have several to give structure and height to our Long Border. We haven't tried eating them (yet) as we love the flowers so eating the undeveloped stalk seems rather a waste!
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