• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Fast-growing, fountain-like form reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Edible, Ornamental Flowers
    Blooms:
    Summer
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:SIN-a-ra SKOL-i-mus
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Sunset climate zones:8, 9, 14 - 24
    Growth rate:Fast
    Average landscape size:Fast-growing, fountain-like form reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Gray-green
    Blooms:Summer
    Flower color:Purple
    Design IdeasThis plant is both ornamental and edible, so it may belong in the veggie garden or the landscape. Artichoke is thistle like and therefore is perfect in the Mediterranean style landscape. Unique foliage makes it visually interesting in the foliage color based landscape. An exceptional container plant for porch or patio with exceptional architectural value. Add to modern landscapes for this reason. It is often found in the traditional herb garden, parterre and potager.
    Companion PlantsPomegranate (Punica); Bay Leaf (Laurus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Basil (Ocimum)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide fertile, well-drained soil. Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. Somewhat drought tolerant; in hot summer regions foliage may die back in extreme heat, but new foliage will emerge as temperatures begin to cool.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly- weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Though it's true point of origin is lost in antiquity, it is believed the artichoke came from Ethiopia before it spread throughout the eastern Mediterranean. It may have evolved from C. cardunculus, a type of very large milk thistle with edible stems. Plants were grown and consumed by the Romans but fell out of favor until the 16th century when it came into commercial cultivation in warmer regions of the New World.
    Lore:
    The edible part of this plant is the immature flower bud harvested at is fullest but before it has begun to open.