The cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), also called the artichoke thistle, cardone, cardoni, carduni or cardi, is a thistle-like plant in the aster family Asteraceae. It is the naturally occurring form of the same species as the globe artichoke, and has many cultivated varieties. It is native to the western and central Mediterranean region, where it was domesticated in ancient times.The wild cardoon is a stout herbaceous perennial plant growing to 0.8-1.5 m tall, with deeply lobed and heavily spined green to grey-green tomentose leaves up to 50A_cm long, with yellow spines up to 3.5 cm long. The flowers are violet-purple, produced in a large, globose, massively spined capitulum up to 6A_cm diameter.
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