Very hardy variety from northern Italy has violet-colored bracts on 3 inch by 5 inch elongated flowerheads. Plants produce mouthwatering crops for at least 4 years. 70-80 days from transplant. OP
Care: Plant 3′ apart in rows 3′ apart in full sun. Harvest before flowers start to open. In October, cut back to 8-10″ from ground and mulch with straw or leaves. Uncover in April.