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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.
Growth Type: 
Hardiness Zones: 
Zone 8, Zone 9, Zone 10
Location at Monticello: 
Vegetable Garden
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2001 Jul 7 to 2001 Aug 212002 Jun 7 to 2002 Sep 132004 Jun 24 to 2004 Aug 132006 Jul 20 to 2006 Oct 202008 Jul 25 to 2008 Aug 12009 Jul 15 to 2009 Aug 42011 Jul 7 to 2011 Aug 52012 Jun 22 to 2012 Sep 12013 Aug 20 to 2013 Aug 262014 Jul 10 to 2014 Sep 52016 Jul 10 to 2016 Aug 19
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