These are really quite stunning flowers, and as an added bonus they keep beautifully if dried. Camaroon is a cousin of the artichoke that is grown for its flowers rather than the edible thistle bud. The camaroon can get quite tall, easily 5 or 6 feet high.
I like to let some artichoke buds mature and flower, rather than harvest them all earlier in the growth stage, for eating. Since my artichoke vegies do not grow especially large, I get tired of the ‘labor-intensive’ process to eat the small bites of the tender heart.
Pictured is an artichoke flower in a porcelain Turtle Vase, made by yours truly.