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Planted at Mount Vernon


  • Upper Garden
  • Fruit Garden & Nursery
  • Lower Garden

  • Hardiness Zones


    Artichokes have large silvery green leaves that make them a striking addition to the garden. Their flower buds are traditionally used for culinary purposes, but if allowed to open offer large, brilliant purple flowers.

    Latin Name

    Cynara cardunculus var. scolymus


    Family

    Asteraceae


    Type of Plant

    Vegetable
    Perennials

    Bloom Season

    June - November


    Seasons

    Summer
    Spring

    Specifications

    Max Height: 5'
    Max Spread: 3'

    Uses

  • Flower Border
  • Vegetable

  • Sunlight Exposure

    Full Sun

    Colors


    Native Range

    Chile, Ecuador, United States


    History

    In September of 1794, Washington wrote to William Pearce to request artichoke seeds for Martha.


    Other Details

    Polinator
    Grown by Washington

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