A cardoon or an echinops young plant?

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    Early this spring I sowed some echinops and cardoons. According to my labels, I only had one cardoon, that struggled and gave up, but a number of echinops young plants pulled through.

    I planted a group of echinops, and then looked back at one I planted out earlier in the summer. It looks very cardoon-like to me....

    Have I messed up my labelling? If so, is it possible to move the cardoon, or will it object to being transplanted to a more appropriate location?

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    My suspected cardoon - far too close to a pathway.

    I’m fairly sure the lower plant in this is an echinops, as labelledE36710A5-227C-44BD-BFBD-BA4B5D0123CA.jpeg
     
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    Well, in the absence of a sure ID, I’m going to treat it as a young cardoon plant, and have a go at moving it later today. Let’s hope that there is not too much root development yet. At least with our sandy soil, there shouldn’t be too much resistance!
     
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    Bottom one definitely looks like my Echinops bannaticus.

    Edit: Here's a photo of mine.

    Nick

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      pete Growing a bit of this and a bit of that....

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      I'd agree first picture is a cardoon.
      Never grown echinops, so would not like to say on that one, other than there does seem to be differences between the two plants.
       
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        Consider it moved!
         
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          I suspect it'll be fine Sian, especially considering the fact that it's not in flower, I've transplanted both Eryngium and Echinops with no problems. I don't think 'thistles' in general are very demanding plants. :)

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