Cynara cardunculus

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Cynara cardunculus L., Sp. Pl. 2: 827 (1773).


Small, dried artichokes, 5.5-7 cm long, appear in higher end potpourri as “toppers.” The overlapping involucral bracts produce a head (inflorescence) that is nearly globular when fresh but, on drying, becomes longer than wide.

Nativity and distribution()

Cynara cardunculus is native to Africa, Western Asia, and Europe but widely cultivated as a vegetable.


Asteraceae (alt. Compositae)


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