The artichoke is a member of the daisy family. It is a perennial herb, widely cultivated in the Mediterranean regions and adjoining parts of central Europe. This well known plant grows to a height of approximately 2 meters. It has a strong, erect stem and its large leaves are lobed and gray green. The edible flower bud is purple green in color, and has scales or bracts that enclose it. It blooms from July to August.