The dried flower petals can be used as a substitute for saffron. The oil from the seeds of safflower has been used since the days of the Egyptians and continues to be used today for its low cholesterol content.
The flowers produce a red and yellow dye.
- Scientific Plant Name: Carthamus tinctorius
- Common Names: Safflower
- Plant Type: Annual
- Height @ Maturity: 1.5 - 6'
- Packet Weight: ~10g
- Best in well-drained soils.
- Drought tolerant. (Deep taproot)