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Gail Stokes
Feb 2, 2018

Guess what this is.


Edited: May 4, 2018


If you guessed an "artichoke in bloom" you would be correct. I bought an artichoke plant (my first ever) at Farmer's Daughter in the summer of 2017 and planted it in a large container with cabbage, parsley, etc. to create an edible display. The plant produced only one artichoke, which I couldn't bring myself to harvest -- I just left it to grow. And I sure am happy I did -- what a wonderful surprise when it started to create a flower. It became so heavy I had to cut it --- and it lasted for weeks in a vase.


Here is a description I found online -- "The globe artichoke (Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus) is a variety of a species of thistle cultivated as a food. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flowerbuds before the flowers come into bloom. ... Another variety of the same species is the cardoon, a perennial plant native to the Mediterranean region."


Kathy Barrette
May 7, 2018

I love this picture!

Gail Stokes
Oct 23

Great picture. Did not know artichoke flowers👍👍👍

Oct 23

You over wintered this plant outside in a pot?

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