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The Seed Savers Exchange -(Carthamus tinctorius) Lorenzo Trussoni definitely knew best when he brought this safflower from Italy to Genoa, Wisconsin, in 1889. Not only do its dried petals make an excellent saffron substitute when harvested fresh and dried inside, but the flowers also add a splash of vivid (yellow and orange-red) color to the garden. Plants reach about 2' tall and form flowering branches along their main stems. Today this safflower is grown by many in the Italian-American community in Genoa, including Lorenzo’s descendants. 75-80 days from seeding to first blossoms. Organic.
Instructions: Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower.
Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before the last frost
Germination: 7-10 Days
Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart
Light: Full Sun
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