Genus of 10 species of perennial plants with compound and often spiny leaves. Some species bear edible flowers (artichokes).
Latin name: Cynara scolymus
They grow in full sun, in fertile, light soils.
Plant in arrangements and in vegetable gardens.
Propagated by division and seeds.
Big plant with spiny, gray-green foliage and large, purple flowers in autumn. The unopened flower buds are edible.