Artichokes bring an exotic look to your herb garden! They have been grown for centuries, dating back to the Greeks and Romans. They are native to the Mediterranean area and grow in the wild. The edible portion of the plant is the large flower bud, and each plant produces several of the buds which are 2 – 5 inches across. The heart of the bud is very tender, and there are many wonderful methods of preparation that bring out the flavors of this gourmet herb. The leaf, stem, and root are used to make extracts, which are used as medicine.
Makes a stunning and bold, long lasting cut flower if allowed to flower. Flowers are highly attractive to honey bees. Hardy to zone 7-11.