Saffron thistle - 20 seeds (Carthamus tinctorius)

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Safflower (Carthamus Tinctorius Yellow) - This unique annual is a native to the Mediterranean. It is well-suited to sunny, hot conditions. Easily grown from Safflower seeds, this thistle-like plant produces lovely yellow, tubular flower heads during the summer months. The yellow Safflower plant has foliage that is thistle-like, but the prickliness is mild. The Carthamus Tinctorius cut flower is excellent for preserving and drying. Once dried the Carthamus flower is considered to be an everlasting. Considered to be an herb plant, the Safflower herb provides a source of red or yellow dyes for coloring silk and wool. The Carthamus herb can be used as a saffron substitute in rice dishes. Commercially, it is important as a source of good quality cooking oil.

SOWING
Season: Annual
Height: 70-90cm (30-36in)
Bloom Season: Summer
Bloom Color: Orange
Environment: Full sun
Soil Type: Dry, light, well drained soils, pH 6.0 - 7.0
Germ temperature: 15-21C (60-70F)
Germination Time: 7-14 days
Depth: 1/4in (6mm)
Sowing Rate: 1-2 seeds per plant
Plant Watering: Medium Well-drained


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Data sheet

Color
Orange
Height
Up to 90cm (35in)
Moisture
Dry
Medium
Ideal for
Beds & borders
Bee & Butterfly garden
Cut flowers
Sunlight
Full sun
Scented
Scented
Sowing month
April
March
May
Type
Half-hardy annual