Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria
Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria

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Safflower seeds - carthamus tinctoria

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Safflower, carthamus tinctorius

Very widely grown plant, mostly for it’s use as a cooking oil.  However, safflower’s first use was as a dye, and safflower dyed textiles have been discovered in Egyptian tombs.  A small, thistle like plant with a cheerful poof of a yellow blossom, dyeing with safflower is a multi-step process where the first bath yields yellow, and subsequent baths give an incredible bright pink.  Lovely coral shades can also be attained.

Direct seed after frost, thinly in rows 12” apart.  Cover 3 times seed thickness with soil, press and water.  Keep evenly moist.  Also possible to start a month before planting. Germination make take up to 2 weeks. Prefers a well drained, sunny location and is well suited to dry regions, due to it’s long taproots.

Read more about dyeing with safflower here

 

Annual

Zones 3-9

When to sow: spring to late spring

Ease of germination: very good

Family: Daisy (Asteraceae)

Colourfastness: Medium

 

This listing is for a packet of seeds containing around 30 seeds.

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