Safflower is a thistle-like plant used primarily for the oil pressed from its seeds. The flowers are also a source of saffron-like threads often sold under the name of Mexican or American saffron. The flower is also used to generate natural dyes. See: Safflower oil; Saffron, false; Carthamus red; Carthamus yellow

Alternative Spellings and Names

Carthamus tinctorius L.

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