Artichoke flower ~ garden update

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Do any of you know what this pretty purple flower is?  It is an artichoke flower, we planted two plants this year and have enjoyed 7 artichokes harvested and eaten at our dinner table.  But one of them did not get picked in time, and it was a little to mature.  So we decided to let it go to flower instead.  I was not sure what to expect.  This stunning purple flower emerged with a 5 inch bloom! Kind of a fun little surprise!

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