Safflower - Dark Orange-Red
Annual. Fantastic deep orange petals that make an excellent saffron substitute. This uncanny similarity to saffron is responsible for safflower’s nickname as “poor man’s saffron”. Not only useful in the kitchen, Dark Orange-Red is a gorgeous ornamental that is a well disguised garden tool. The stiff, almost prickly, plants, have been used for centuries as natural fencing to keep animals out of the garden.
Safflower - Grenade Mix
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.