Cynara cardunculus - An ancient vegetable, usage dates back to the Roman Empire. The large silver grey leaves are serrated and grow fan-shaped from a central stem. The tall flower stalks grow to 6 feet tall, producing large flower heads or crowns that have a purple top. Highly ornamental, this relative of the artichoke is also very edible. In the spring, stalks are blanched and eaten like asparagus. The young leaves make a salad addition and the roots are thick and tender, chopped as a steamed vegetable. This large seed can be started in early spring indoors in small pots 1/4 inch deep. Seed packet is 15 seeds.