Also known as French Artichoke this heirloom variety dates back to the 1500s. This perennial grows to about 4 feet tall and can reach 6 feet wide. The large beautiful plants produce thick fleshed artichokes. For limited space gardens, consider growing artichokes in large containers. We selected this variety because it is very hardy to temperature extremes and will produce well even in hot weather. This thistle related plant can also be grown as an ornamental.
Start the seeds inside and transplant the vibrant, grey plants outside after all frost danger is past. Discard the white plants or those that do not flourish as well as the others. You will discard about 25% of the plants. These beautiful plants grow and produce delicious French Artichokes for years. Cover the plants when there is a hard frost. The plants can handle a mild frost.