Similar to Artichoke in looks and taste,
but grown for its fleshy young leaf ribs instead of the flower buds.
A good alternative for gardeners in colder climates, because the plant is not overwintered like artichoke. You plant in spring and then harvest the entire plant in fall, like a cabbage.
BOTANICAL NAME: Cynara cardunculus
GROWING INSTRUCTIONS: Sow seed in May, or after all danger of frost is past, on 3-6 foot centers. The ground must be kept very clean, and the plants should be plentifully watered through the summer. Harvest before frost-carefully bind leaves to stalk and cover 4-5 weeks. Invasive weed-harvest before flowering.
GROW BIOINTENSIVE® CULTURAL INFORMATION: C, W/Matures 24-52/Harvest 8 /Yield 165/ Spacing 24-36"
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION : Perennial, Cover crop