Monday, July 9, 2012

Bee in cardoons

 Our cardoon plant took off this year and is now about eight feet tall.  It is related to the artichoke, and grows dramatic purple flowers on top of a spiky globe.   The bees love them.  Supposedly, cardoon stalks and flowers are popular food items in the Mediterranean.     We tried the stalks and found them stringy.  Maybe we harvested too late in the year.  


Petrea Burchard said...

Wow! That's quite a plant. I'm thinking of Jurassic Park.

It's good to feed the bees.

Pasadena Adjacent said...

Like the bee, I love coming across these plants.

Ann Erdman said...

I've seen these plants before but today's the first time I learned what they're called. Lovely.