Annual. Creamy ivory, lemon yellow and bright saffron orange thistle-like
flowers atop prickly plants. Individual blooms are small but produced in
great numbers, from midsummer on. Earlier blooming than many safflowers.
Safflowers are a source of healthful oilseed, which the birds like as well. Also is
useful as a dye plant. Widely grown in Europe, but gaining appreciation here.
30-inch plants are equally at home in the herb garden or the border.