Safflower

(Carthamus tinctorius) Safflower is an annual that is native to the Mediterranean. Attractive and utilitarian, safflower is a delightful addition to any garden. The bright flowers bring a splash of color to any dish and have even been used to dye fabrics for centuries. The tender shoots can be enjoyed in salads, and the edible seeds can be pressed for their flavorful and aromatic oil. Sow seeds 1/4 inch deep. Ideal germination temperature is 60-70F. Seeds germinate in 7-14 days. Direct sow after last frost in a rich, well-worked garden bed. Safflower develops a deep taproot and does not transplant well, so starting indoors isn't recommended. Space plants 6-10 inches apart. For best performance, it needs fairly dry soil and hot conditions.

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