The artichoke is a perennial herb from the thistle group that was probably developed from the wild artichoke or cardoon. Native to the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands, it has been cultivated in parts of Europe for centuries.
Mentioned in both Greek and Roman literature, the artichoke was cultivated as an edible vegetable in Sicily, and introduced by the Spanish into California in the 1600s.
During the second year, the plants should produce chokes. The artichoke plants should continue to produce chokes each year for about five years. Each head has an edible heart surrounded by large edible leaves.
Approx 25 seeds per pack.