Latin Name: Cynara scolymus Common Names: Artichoke Leaf Artichoke leafs form as scales on the bud of artichokes that you typically find for sale at your local grocery. Artichokes and artichoke leaf are actually the flower buds of the herb, and are deliciously edible, as is the base of the bud, known as the heart. Artichoke leaf is commonly used to promote digestion, and it may help to reduce free radicals. *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. The information provided is intended for educational purposes only. Consult a physician regarding medical diagnosis or treatment.