Globe Artichoke Purple of Romagna


  • Cynara scolymus
  • Seed Packet contains approx 20 seeds.
  • Open Pollinated. Italian Heirloom. Untreated

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Artichoke Purple of Romagna

Artichoke Purple of Romagna is a purple perennial artichoke growing to 1m. It has silver/grey leaves and looks similar to a thistle. This Italian heirloom is very popular with chefs for the medium to large green/purple flowers which are used in the kitchen. Also looks pretty as an ornamental plant. Harvest when flower buds have reached full size but before they have begun to open.

When to Sow: Plant seedlings after risk of frost has passed.

Cool Climate: SEP – DEC

Temperate: AUG – MAR

Sub – Tropical: AUG – APRIL

Tropical: MAR – AUG

Arid: AUG – APR

Spacing 80cm.

The artichoke is a domesticated variety of the wild cardoon (Cynara cardunculus), which is native to the Mediterranean area. There was debate over whether the artichoke was a food among the ancient Greeks and Romans, or whether that cultivar was developed later, with Classical sources referring instead to the wild cardoon.

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