A striking 6-8 foot plant with long toothed silver-gray leaves similar to Artichoke, but grown for its fleshy young leaf ribs which are blanched for food use by tying paper collars around the bottom foot of the plants during the growing season. Parboiled they are soft and meaty, with a complex flavor, at once bitter and sweet, not unlike artichoke heart. Beautiful blue thistle flowers - cut the thistle-like flowers and use them in bouquets as they appear to prevent invasive re-seeding. Excellent carbon crop - in our Willits Garden we grow this for compost because of the large amount of fibrous leaves and stalks produced.
C,W/Matures 24-52/Harvest 8/Yield 165/Spacing 24-36”