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Artichoke Imperial Star

Artichoke

Imperial Star:

Since Imperial Star artichokes were specifically bred for cultivation as a cold-climate annual, this variety is well adapted for home gardeners who are unable to grow artichokes as perennials. Imperial Star artichoke plants typically produce one to two primary buds up to 4 ½ inches (11.5 cm.) in diameter. In addition, five to seven smaller secondary buds will form. Mature buds are slow to open. Their flavor is sweet and mild.

85 Days

Full Sun

Size Available: 1 Quart

 

Artichoke Imperial Star

Description

Artichoke

Artichoke plants (Cynara scolymus) are herbaceous perennials that are members of the Asteraceae family, a group that includes thistles, dandelions and sunflowers. They are short-lived perennials in warmer climates but are normally grown as annuals in cooler regions. Artichokes are usually grown for their edible flower buds, which are harvested before the flowers open. Artichokes leaves are silvery-green in color with a long, arching shape. Although they look soft, the leaves can be quite prickly. The plant stems are thick and fleshy. The flower buds are the parts of the plant sold in produce aisles. At the base of the bud is the tender, flavorful artichoke “heart.” If allowed to blossom on the plant, artichoke flowers open into large, dome- or muff-shaped purple thistles that are surprisingly fragrant.