Artichokes are such interesting things. While we consider the artichoke a vegetable, even though it’s a thistle and more specifically, the part that we eat (and that most people ever see in the store) is actually a flower bud — and sometimes called a head. Artichoke plants produce stunning purple flowers that are great for attracting bees and other beneficial insects to your garden. Found this artichoke in Santa Monica, California.
Wow, I have never seen an artichoke flower before and there are vast fields of artichokes in this area! Wonderful to see.
Now you will be on the lookout for these flowers!