The globe artichoke is a perennial in the thistle family that produces long, silver-green, lobed leaves make the artichoke look like a giant fern. Learn how to plant and grow edible artichokes in your garden!
The buds (i.e., the “artichokes” that we harvest and eat), if allowed to flower, are thistle-like and violet. These large plants can be grown in rows in the garden, as informal hedges, or planted in a wide border. Artichokes can reach heights of 3 to 5 feet.
Artichokes prefer cool, humid summers and mild winters. In cool regions, treat the artichoke as an annual.
One plant will produce many artichokes. The biggest bud grows on the top of the plant and many smaller ones grow beneath.