Colorado Red Star Artichoke
An easier-to-grow artichoke, Colorado Red Star, can be grown as an annual from seed in a wide range of climates. The bracts range from purplish-green to paintbrush strokes of plum color, with a perfect globe shape. While artichoke has historically been a perennial vegetable, requiring 2 years or a period of vernalization, breeder Keith Mayberry developed the Imperial Star, a variety that will develop heads early in the first year with just 10 days of cool weather required! Colorado Red Star was the result of Keith crossing his green bract, Imperial Star, with purple varieties from Peru. The result: a 2- to 3-foot tall edible ornamental that produces stunning purple globes easily in the first season. Ideal for cold winter locations where overwintering perennial artichokes is difficult, it’s also perfect for hot southern climates where getting the requisite cold treatment for perennial types is not possible.
Minimum Seed Count: 20