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Cynara scolymus ‘Violetta di Chioggia artichoke’

Globe artichoke

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Features

  • BloomsJuly to September
  • Height1m
  • Growth HabitClump
  • Flower ColourPurple
  • Leaf ColourGrey green

Description

Cynara scolymus ‘Violetta di Chioggia artichoke’ (Globe artichoke). This variety produces a round purple head.

Characteristics

Perennial, Vegetable

Origin

Origin unknown

Interest and use

Culinary

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Needs

  • LightPart shade
  • HardinessHalf hardy (min 0°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile, Light, Medium, Rich, Low salinity
  • Soil pH5.5 to 8.0
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

Harvesting may start in mid summer and may end in early autumn. Plant at a depth of approximately 5cm. Fairly difficult to grow. A rich soil will mean better production. Cut the plump flower buds from the plants in spring and summer; the part eaten is the flower head before the flowers appear.

Propagation

Plant suckers about 1 m apart in early spring.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Slugs and snails, grey mould. Watch for septoria leaf spot.

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