This delicious medium-sized artichoke develops rich violet-purple headed globes on thistle like plants. It's a gourmet vegetable where the edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers bloom. It's very popular in French and Italian cuisine and has a finer flavour than the green varieties. It's a perennial plant in frost free areas and resilient once established.
Contains average 50 seeds.
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
Sow in seedling trays or pot of seed raising mix. Sow thinly to 10mm (1/2in) deep and cover lightly with fine soil. Firm gently and keep moist. Take care transferring into final growing position when large enough to handle, spacing plants 1m (3ft) apart. Water regularly and fertilise each spring. From the second year pick the artichokes when swollen, but before the scales open.