Green Globe’ Artichoke
Cynara scolymus 'Green Globe'
Artichokes are a species of thistle, cultivated as a food for centuries, originally by the ancient Romans. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom. If you let them bloom instead of eating the flower buds, they have dazzling periwinkle violet flowers that make a striking garden accent that the bees love!
Hardiness: Disappears in Winter, and then re-blooms in the Spring
Habit: Herbaceous perennial to 5' tall by 3' wide. Plants have a large and deep taproot and are very susceptible to gophers, so must be protected
Light: Full Sun
Soil: Rich garden soil is best
Additional Characteristics: Edible Flower