False saffron is a less expensive saffron alternative made from the flowers of safflower plants.
There is some concern that safflower threads may have abortifacient qualities for pregnant women. In a study of safflower extract’s effects on pregnant mice, fewer embryos developed and there were cytotoxic effects.
Individuals allergic to ragweed may react to false saffron.
Mountain Rose Herbs
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Carthamus tinctorius, Mexican saffron, American saffron, Azafran