Cynara cardunculus, Artichoke

Cynara cardunculus

Family: Asteraceae
Origin: Mediterranean
USDA Zone: 7-9?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterRegular waterBlue, lavender, purple flowersThorny or spinyEdible plantPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsEthnomedical plant.
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The Globe Artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a perennial thistle originating in Southern Europe around the Mediterranean. It grows to 1.4-2 metres (4.6-6.6 ft) tall, with arching, deeply lobed, silvery, glaucous-green leaves 50-82 centimetres (20-32 in) long. The flowers develop in a large head from an edible bud about 8-15 centimetres.

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