Common Names: Cynara, Artichoke, Globe Artichoke
Botanical Name: Cynara (SIN-ah-rah)
Availability: June through October.
Vase Life: 7 to 14 days
Storage Temperature: 36-38F
Ethylene Sensitive: Yes
Description: A very large (2 to 4 inches across) spiny, thistle shaped head with a long multi-thread blossom emerging from the center.
Colors: Green globe head with blue or purple flowers
Design Notes: A wonderful, bold, textured focal point. Unopened artichoke buds sold as produce can be used in floral design. However, fully opened blossoms with long stems are preferred. The artichoke foliage adds a dramatic touch to floral arrangements.
Purchasing Hints: Purchase fully opened blossoms.
Conditioning: Remove all foliage that will be below the water line. Cut under water with a sharp knife. Hydrate in a solution of warm water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.
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