Improved Green Globe Artichoke

Cynara scolymus 'Improved Green Globe'

Harvest your own tender artichokes! Big flower buds that form at the tops of stalks may be cut for eating. If not cut, buds open to spectacular purple, thistle-like flowers, great for arrangements. Unique, highly textured grey-green foliage adds season-long interest to the landscape. Works well in containers. An herbaceous perennial.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.


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Botanical PronunciationSIN-a-ra SKOL-i-mus
LoreThe edible part of this plant is the immature flower bud harvested at is fullest but before it has begun to open.
Average Size at MaturityFast growing, fountain-like form; reaches 3 to 5 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSummer
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGray-green
Garden StyleContemporary, Mediterranean
Growth HabitFountain
Growth RateFast
Landscape UseBorder, Container, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsVegetable & Tomato
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color, Edible, Sustainable, Tolerates Poor Soils, Fast Growing
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.
Companion PlantsPomegranate (Punica); Bay Leaf (Laurus); Rosemary (Rosmarinus); Lavender (Lavandula); Basil (Ocimum)

Provide fertile, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during the first growing season to establish an extensive root system. Once established, prefers regular water but tolerates moderate drought; foliage may die back in extreme heat, but new foliage will emerge as temperatures cool. Apply fertilizer in early spring.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-11

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