Cynara, Artichoke, Cardoon 'Green Globe'

Cynara scolymus

Family: Asteraceae (ass-ter-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Cynara (SIN-uh-ruh) (Info)
Species: scolymus (SKOL-ee-mus) (Info)
Cultivar: Green Globe



Water Requirements:

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Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)


USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Where to Grow:

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Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

Direct sow as soon as the ground can be worked

From seed; direct sow after last frost

Seed Collecting:

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Ranburne, Alabama

Calistoga, California

San Francisco, California

Milledgeville, Georgia

Statesboro, Georgia

Las Vegas, Nevada

Roswell, New Mexico

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Gardeners' Notes:


On May 1, 2014, lancer23 from San Francisco, CA wrote:

Got a baby plant from a person who said they have access to the real deal at Castroville, the commercial grower who supply the market. This generous old gardener is long gone; he was about 95 when he gave me a piece from his mother plant.
This plant have given me a bumper crop of artichoke every yr.
So easy to grow and it makes little plants next to it. It grows like a perennial no pest, except earwigs and spiders hidding inside the choke. All I do is water it in the summer and I get chokes to impress friends.


On Jan 26, 2010, OldMcDeeDee from Burkesville, KY wrote:

Will cross with Cardoon.

Growing Artichoke
Native to the Mediterranean, growing artichokes (Cynara scolymus) requires cool nights and warm days. Aside from providing delicious, tender thistles for the table, the plants themselves are gorgeous! They grow to 5 feet across and almost as high with beautiful gray fuzzy foliage.

Site Preparation:
Each spring, mix compost into your growing area. Artichokes require sandy, fast draining soil and cool temperatures to thrive. They need regular water for an ample harvest, but if you just like the look of the plant and don't want the thistles for your table, they will survive on very little water. Artichokes are susceptible to freezing and do best where the temperature remains constant year round.

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On Mar 14, 2007, berrygirl from Braselton, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Tasty; needs a fairly warm climate or grow as an annual.