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Safflower, False Saffron (Carthamus tinctorius) A


Safflowers have yellow -orange thistle-like heads yielding a yellow or pink-red dye. Used to colour rice and the seed oil is a polyunsaturated cooking oil. Safflowers also used to be used as a substitute for Saffron, which is where the name 'False Saffron' comes from. The most common use for this herb today is as a source of edible oil. Rich in linoleic acid which helps to lower blood cholesterol and is widely sold as a health food product.
Often grown as an ornamental plant in the herb garden or in borders.
Height 45cm.
Annual plant

Product Part Number: H203

Pack Size: 25 Seeds


Price : £1.95

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When to Sow Safflower Seeds

Late February to April

Where to Sow

In pots or trays in greenhouse at 16-18°C

When to Transplant

When seedlings are large enough to handle, prick off into trays and grow on. Gradually harden off and plant out from end of May onwards.