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Carthamus Seed

Product ID: 4266

New! Sturdy and versatile flowers and foliage.

Sturdy, straight stems and branching flower clusters store well and can be used fresh or dried. Stems are easily air-dried for arrangements. Fresh, dark green foliage and geometric buds add structure to mixed bouquets. Great in combination with sunflowers. This strain is nearly thornless for easy harvest. Tufted thistle-like flowers with oval leaves. Fiery orange-and-gold petals are edible and sometimes used as a substitute for saffron. Also known as safflower. Ht. 18–24". Avg. 700 seeds/oz. Packet: 100 seeds.


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DAYS TO GERMINATION: 10-14 days at 68-72°F (20-22°C)

SOWING: Direct seed (recommended) - Sow after last frost date. Cover seed lightly. Note: After germination, 65°F (18°C) is the ideal temperature for seedling development. Transplant - Sow into 50-cell plug tray or preferred seedling container 4-5 weeks before planting out. Harden off and transplant out after danger of frost.

LIGHT PREFERENCE: Sun. Southern growers - provide approximately 30% shade or some afternoon shade.




HARVEST: Fresh - Cut stems when flowers have begun to open and show color. Stems harvested before color is showing will not open in storage. Dried - Flowers are completely open, air dry.

SOIL REQUIREMENTS: Average well-drained soil.

USES: Fresh or dried cut-flower.

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Carthamus tinctorius

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Quick Facts

Latin Name

Carthamus tinctorius

Days To Maturity

Average number of days from seeding date to harvest, within a specific crop group. If a transplanted crop: average number of days from transplant date. Not sure if crop is direct-seeded or transplanted? Check the Growing Information box for details. If crop can be both direct-seeded or transplanted, days to maturity refers to direct seeding. Days to maturity for all flowers and herbs is calculated from seeding date.

70 - 80 Days

Life Cycle

Plants can be Annuals (single growing season), Perennials (grow year after year), Tender Perennials (grow year after year in warmer climates; and in some cases when given special protection in colder climates), or Biennials (require two years to mature).


Hybrid Status

Hybrid: The offspring of a cross between two or more distinct parent lines, usually of same species, and selected for improved traits.
Open-pollinated: A non-hybrid variety that can reproduce itself in kind, demonstrating relatively stable traits from one generation to the next.

Open Pollinated

Product Features

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets
Variety good for fresh cut-flower displays.
Ideal for Drying and Crafts Ideal for Drying and Crafts
Variety is excellent for creating dried flowers.
Edible Flowers Edible Flowers
Variety's flowers may be consumed.

Use for Cut Flowers and Bouquets Edible Flowers Ideal for Drying and Crafts