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(Cynara scolymus)

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Artichokes grow fairly well here, but they need afternoon shade and plenty of water.  If you plant them in the fall, you will get heads the following spring.  A healthy, mature plant should produce 6 to 9 buds, reaching a height of 4 feet with a width of 6 feet.  Once established an artichoke plant can remain productive for four to seven years.

Artichokes are native of Mediterranean regions, and although not commonly grown in the U.S., California has a large commercial artichoke industry.  These are very large plants that require adequate space.

Plant Information

Size (H x W)

3-6' x 4-5'


Full Sun

Flower Color


Flower Season

Late Summer, Early Fall