The Syrian Wild Artichoke makes a large, very striking perennial with spectacular dissected silvery foliage, similar in many ways to the Cardoon, C. cardunculus. Branched heads of up to eight super-sized blue to purple thistle-flowers, with very prominent pointed scales washed with purple, are seen in summer. Growing 60-180 cm tall, this is suited to a reasonably well drained sunny position. The foliage is summer dormant and emerges again in autumn. Hardy. Very rarely seen in the UK.