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Globe Artichoke

Cynara scolymus
Globe Artichoke was included on one of Jefferson's first lists of vegetables grown at Monticello in 1770. His Garden Book sporadically charted the first to "come to table" and the "last dish of artichokes" from 1794 and 1825. Also known as French Artichoke, this native of southern Europe has been in cultivation since the 1500s. Globe Artichokes are not reliably hardy in Virginia, as Jefferson acknowledged in his letter to his Parisian friend, Madame de Tessé in 1805: " . . . we can have neither figs nor artichokes without protection from the winter." The edible "chokes" develop by mid­summer and several can be harvested during the season. If left on the plant, they will develop into the purple, thistle­like flower.
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Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
July 7, 2001 to August 21, 2001June 7, 2002 to September 13, 2002June 24, 2004 to August 13, 2004July 20, 2006 to October 20, 2006July 25, 2008 to August 1, 2008July 15, 2009 to August 4, 2009July 7, 2011 to August 5, 2011June 22, 2012 to September 1, 2012August 20, 2013 to August 26, 2013July 10, 2014 to September 5, 2014July 10, 2016 to August 19, 2016July 15, 2019


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