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Light: 'Imperial Star' likes full to sun to partial shade.
Temperature: Herbaceous perennial hardy in Zones 7-10
Watering: Water regularly, but do not overwater.
Soil: Artichokes like well-drained soil and lots of organic matter. If you regularly add compost and humus to your garden, you have a fantastic spot for artichokes.
Comments: When planting artichokes, loosen the soil at least 12 inches in depth to help the taproots wiggle down. Artichoke ‘Imperial Star' produces a bounty of buttery, nutty artichokes. They make a wonderful addition to salads and fish dishes. This variety has unique purple spiky blooms.
Try this delicious recipe we've discovered from a wonderful resource Herbarium
2 Crushed Garlic Cloves
3 Oz Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 Oz Butter
1/2 Can Anchovy Fillets
Gently heat the garlic with the anchovy fillets in a bit of the olive oil. Stir until the anchovies dissolve. Slowly stir in the rest of the oil and butter and warm through. Serve the sauce warm, dipping the blanched leaves and stems into the sauce.