Globe Artichoke

Native of the Mediterranean.  Arrived to Britain from the Netherlands in 1530. (RHS, The Garden, June 2015, p.26)

  • soil should be water retentive but well draining
  • full sun essential
  • needs regular watering in dry weather
  • plants are winter-hardy in the south of the UK but need mulch of straw to protect from the cold in the north
  • flowerheads are harvested when still closed – usually in July