Cynara (Artichoke Flowers)
Cynara, (also commonly known as the Artichoke Thistle, Cardoon, Cardoni and Cardi), is a member of the Asteraceae family. Cynara is the purple flower of the artichoke plant that closely resembles a thistle. The cynara flowers just above the edible part of the plant.
The name ‘artichoke’ is derived from the edible part below the flower called the ‘heart’ and the purple flower above called the ‘choke’.
In the wholesale flower markets the two varieties that are available in cut flower form are Cynara Scolymus – the globe artichoke with one large purple flower on top of a single stem, and Cynara Cardunculus – a branched spray variety with multiple smaller purple flowers per stem, (usually three or four). Both varieties of Cynara are extensively used in Scottish wedding flowers.
Both varieties of Cynara are wholesaled in wraps of 10 stems.
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To get the best from your wholesale cut cynara please read the care instructions below carefully:
- Cut the stems at a 45 degree angle with a sharp knife.
- Fill sterilised buckets with luke warm water and add flower food.
- Place the cynara in the buckets.
- Leave over night to condition before using.
Never leave cut flowers in direct sun light, near a radiator, in a draft or near fruit. (The gas used to ripen fruit will harm most flowers). Keep the cynara in a cool place and always keep out of the way of children.