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Cynara scolymus
( Vert de Laon Artichoke )

'Vert de Laon' is one of the best-flavored varieties of artichoke available. 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. Next season's crop will be rooted offshoots of the parent plants. 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: Vert De Laon  
Family: Asteraceae  
Size: Height: 0 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 0 ft. to 4 ft.  
Plant Category: perennials, vegetables,  
Plant Characteristics: edible flowers,  
Foliage Characteristics: medium leaves, coarse leaves,  
Foliage Color: green, silver to cream,  
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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