Cardoon is known as a showplace focal plant in landscape design. Beautiful blue hair like artichoke type blossoms which can be dried and used as centerpiece in floral arrangements. Also an edible with the leaves and stalk being eaten. In Europe fields of this gorgeous plant can be seen. A perennial plant ( Zone 7 and below) , going dormant in winter, re-emerging in spring and self seeding. Often used as the center focal plant in many U.S. gardens. Available at Wake Forest HerbFest most years.