Common Names: Cynara, Artichoke, Globe Artichoke

Botanical names: Cynara, (SIN-ah-rah)

Availability: June through October

Vase life: 7 to 14 days

Storage temperatures: 36 to 38 degrees Fahrenheit

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.

Color: 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 artichokes with long stems and 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 water and commercial floral preservative / floral food for two hours before storage or usage.