Cynara cardunculus (Cardoon) is a species of perennial herb in the family Asteraceae. They have a self-supporting growth form. They are native to mediterranean basin, France, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Tunisia, Libya, Yugoslavia, Morocco, Portugal, and Spain. They have simple, broad leaves and achene. Flowers are visited by Bombus terrestris canariensis, Honey bee, Large garden bumblebee, and -spot ladybird. Individuals can grow to 0.8 m.
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