30 (50)cm, Safflor is an annual to biannual with glossy, leathery, spiny leaves and a terminal cluster of few bright yellow flower heads, turning to orange on drying. Native of Egypt growing in stony ground in full sun. The dried petals are used as a substitute for saffron (Crocus sativus), from the seeds a highly valued oil is extracted for culinary purposes. For any rich, very well drained soil in full sun. Sow directly into the ground at the end of spring. V-VII.
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