Knockout Bloom: Cardoon 'Rouge d'Alger'
by Jonah Holland , PR and Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
After spotting this artichoke-like bud on the cardoon in the Children’s Garden, I was excited to see what it would look like when it opened up into a flower.
Quite a beauty! …And yes, it is related to the more widely-known globe artichoke that many folks love to eat. Cardoon, like its cousin, is also edible.