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Call me crazy, but a plant that is up to six feet tall and "thistle like" is going to have bad PR problems in Kansas.
Couple that with "may become bitter in hot conditions" and you aren't exactly giving a glowing endorsement.
Granted, these things (Cardoons) are a real problem in California, but will not winter over here! Not like the musk thistle (also called Russian and/or Canadian) that is having a banner year here this year. It seems the "musk" a Kansas noxious weed has been allowed to escape the attention of landowners; in the past the State was willing to go after landowners not controlling them. Missouri, on the other hand seems willing to let "musks" grow everywhere, a real pasture destroyer
I've grown cardoons as well as globe artichokes here, but as tender perennials they will not winter over without heavy mulching or bringing them indoors. Cardoons will produce a useable crop, but the only variety of artichoke that will produce chokes here (in first year) is Imperial Star from Territorial Seed Co. Got several coming on now, with the chokes about tennis ball size
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