Zones: Zone 7 – 10, otherwise an annual or biennial
Size: 4’H x 3’S
Light: Full Sun to Partial Sun
Bloom: Purple, blooms Mid Summer to Mid Fall
Uses: An edible flowering vegetable, ‘Imperial Star’ looks beautiful in the garden and tastes delicious in many culinary concoctions.
Tips: If too warm, the ‘Imperial Star’ will go dormant, so keep the plants mulched well during the summer to keep the soil cooler and prevent dormancy.
Does Not Grow Well Indoors!
Globe Artichoke Plants
As with most varieties of artichokes, ‘Imperial Star’ is a beautiful edible that bears rosette buds that taste delicious! Perennial in zone 7, otherwise considered an annual or biennial, ‘Imperial Star’ produces faster and higher yields than other strains. Generating large crops in the first year only, this fleshy flower has a deliciously nutty taste.
Globe artichokes are best eaten by peeling the cooked leaves from around the bud and scraping the “meat” off of the tough outer skin with your teeth or with a fork. A tasty addition to pastas, sandwiches and pizzas, the ‘Imperial Star’ also makes a great steamed appetizer! Try steaming them with fish for a culinary masterpiece!
‘Imperial Star’ produces gray-green foliage and will grow to 4′ with a 4′ spread. Nearly spineless~ unusual looking but beautiful in the garden, its bloom will attract butterflies and other helpful pollinators.
Best harvested when the buds are 2″ to 4″ in diameter and leave at least a 2″ stem. They can be stored in the icebox for at least 3 weeks. Filled with phytonutrients, B-Complex vitamins and minerals (calcium and iron)!
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