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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Artichokes

They're cooler than you think!
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When we think “gardening expert,” a few local green thumbs might come to mind, but Dallas Arboretum’s Vice President of Gardens Dave Forehand certainly makes his way to the forefront. Each week, we’ll be sharing Forehand’s seasonal gardening tips and insight. Today, Dave’s talking artichokes. 

  1. Most people know the fruit, which is actually a large flower bud.
  2. The edible portion of the plant consists of the flower buds before the flowers come into bloom.
  3. Growing artichokes can handle temperatures into the mid-twenties, making late fall a perfect time to plant artichokes in North Texas. (If it gets colder, you can cover your plants with sheets and blankets or pile extra mulch around them.)
  4. When in full bloom, artichokes have a lovely purple flower head.
  5. The artichoke’s close cousin is the cardoon, which is grown for its edible stalk and is much more cold tolerant.

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If you want to get a look at the cardoon, come by the Dallas Arboretum and see the beautiful silver plants adding to our winter displays.

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