The Purple of Romagna Artichoke is a Perennial growing to 100cm. Thistle-like plants with silver/grey leaves, producing medium to large green/purple flowers heads which are eaten as a vegetable.
This is an Italian heirloom variety, very popular with chefs as they tend to be more tender than other varieties. Flowers can be dried and used in arrangements.
Cut buds when heads are tight (before opening), boil until tender. It grows to approx. 1.5 metre tall and 1 metre across within five years. Globe artichoke needs to be dug and divided every 3-4 years.
Sow approx. 10mm, Spring or after frost. Globe artichoke has a restricted climatic range and prefers cool, moist summers and mild winters. Chilling is needed to produce the heads. Full sun, well drained alkaline soil rich in compost and well rotted animal manure.
5 seeds per packet