My Cardoon

I have hovered over this plant for months. It is an Artichoke thistle or Cardoon. Its scientific name is Cynara cardunculus.  It may be a pest in some locations, so it is best not to let it set seed.


I got it from my friend the fairy.


It started out last fall in a three inch pot.  It has spread out and reached up until it is taller than I am.


Now its artichoke-like blooms have sent up their purple tufts.


The bees love the blooms as much as I do.


The buds may be eaten like an artichoke.

The stems may be eaten like celery after braising and/or steaming.  Even the root can be boiled and eaten. I prefer to just feast on it with my eyes.

I am proud of my giant baby.