Available as early as 1825 from seedsmen such as Sinclair & Moore of Baltimore, MD. This hardy variety of artichoke is productive even in climates as cool as zone 3. Grows 3-5′ tall with multiple 3-5″ flower heads that have a purple tinge to the green buds. The artichoke hearts are flavorful and mature around 75 days from transplant.
Instructions – Sow seeds indoors ¼” deep. Plant outdoors after danger of frost has passed but the days are still cool. Fertilize liberally for best results. An annual in zones 3-6 (vernalization recommended) or perennial in zones 7+.