Monday, 12 September 2011
The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni or cardi, is a thistle-like plant which is member of the aster family,Asteraceae; (or archaic: daisy family, Compositae). It is a naturally occurring variant of the same species as the globe artichoke, and has many cultivated varieties. It is native to the Mediterranean, where it was domesticated in ancient times.
I'm sure you had absolutely no interest whatsoever in knowing all that. However when coming down from The Hunterian Art Gallery yesterday I saw these in a garden and couldn't resist a photo.