Cynara scolymus (Globe Artichoke)

I grew this Globe Artichoke from seed many years ago and it attracts lots of attention from passers-by, as well as bees and other insects.

You can eat the young artichokes before they flower and they are said to be very tasty. However, I have always grown it as an ornamental plant to attract bees to the garden.


purple spiky flower bees love

The stunning flowers of Cynara scolymus Large Green

This¬†variety is Cynara scolymus Large Green and the flower looks attractive for many weeks. A word of warning – don’t grow it near a path as it is very spiky and invariably flops over.

Towards the end of the summer when the leaves start to look very tatty, I cut them to ground level as necessary. It is said to be frost sensitive, but this one survives living in our heavy clay soil, surrounded by shrubs.


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