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.
- 8-12 hours of Sun
- Sprouts in 7-14 Days
- Ideal Temperature: 60-70 Degrees F
- Seed Depth: 1/4″
- Plant Spacing: 6-10″
- Frost Hardy: No
- Carthamus tinctorius
Growing Tips: Once established, prefers somewhat dry conditions. Needs excellent drainage in high-summer rainfall climates.