Cynara scolymus ( Imperial Star Artichoke )

‘Imperial Star’ is an excellent variety to grow as an annual, and produces a good crop the first year. Buds are spineless, 3-4 inches across, and glossy green. When starting from seed, do everything you can to induce rapid growth in the plants, because in the end it will result in a bigger harvest. Start seeds inside between February and March, and transplant out in 8 weeks, after the soil has warmed and there is no danger of frost. 20% of the plants will probably not produce flowers, so cull the smaller ones on transplanting. To harvest: cut the flowers before they begin to open.

Important Info : Fleshy flowers are the edible portion of artichokes.

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Characteristics

Cultivar: Imperial Star  
Family: Asteraceae  
Size: Height: 0 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 4 ft.  
Plant Category: annuals and biennials, vegetables,  
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Flower Characteristics: unusual,  
Flower Color: purples,  
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Requirements


Bloomtime Range: not applicable  
USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 to 10  
AHS Heat Zone: Not defined for this plant  
Light Range: Part Sun to Full Sun  
pH Range: Not defined for this plant  
Soil Range: Sandy Loam to Loam  
Water Range: Normal to Normal  


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