So, Just What WAS That Yesterday!

If you happened to see yesterday's (August 19th, 2020) Wordless Wednesday post, you may still be wondering what it was.

If you guessed correctly, congratulations!
Obviously, you've grown them before!

Artichoke seed pods, or seed heads!

 I've emptied this one of most of its seeds.  As you can see, I trimmed the sharp leaves beforehand, just like I do before cooking them.  Those leaves are sharp!

Dried seeds are hard when pressed with fingernails.

The "fluff" makes a mess!  As in dandelions, artichoke seeds have a carrier to send the seeds off to places unknown via wind power.
You can see a few missed seeds still attached to their carriers below.

Below is a dandelion seed head, with a few remaining seeds.  The relation to artichokes can be easily seen.  Both are members of the aster family, one of the largest that includes sunflowers, blanketflower, cosmos, yarrow, and even lettuce!

 When first removed by hand the fluffies aren't open yet. 
If I let the seed head stay on the plant longer they would detach from the plant, and fluff up on their own.

 This artichoke plant was grown last year (Wintersown) from seed.  It had one flower last year, and came back to have quite a few this season.  I wasn't sure it would survive the winter, but it wouldn't stay dormant under the mulch!  

Wintersown?  If that is a new term to you, it's not just planting in the winter. 
It's a special method of seed sowing in the winter, even in snowy zones.
You can find out more here:

There are a few links to more, better, sites on Wintersowing in that post.


  1. Artichokes is something I've never tried but now that you mention it, if you let lettuce seeds mature, they have a kind of fluff around them. So do the asters I grow in my back yard (from a wildflower nursery in Ithaca, NY). I never made the connection.

    1. I never thought much about lettuce seeds, I never have it around long enough to see them!

  2. So interesting! Thanks! I feel pretty good about my dandelion guess now...

    1. Yes, you should! I wouldn't have thought artichokes and dandelions were related, but their seeds do show it.

  3. What a fascinating plant! I've never seen one before.

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

    1. It's my first time letting an artichoke go to seed. In fact, last year was the plant's first, so I haven't had much experience with them at all!


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