Safflower, Zanzibar (Organic)


Carthamus tinctorius

Minimum: 25+ seeds

Discover the allure of Safflower, a radiant and versatile plant that graces gardens with its vibrant blooms and holds within its seeds a treasure trove of culinary and medicinal possibilities. Carthamus tinctorius, commonly known as Safflower, is a thistle-like annual that captivates with its brilliant flowers and valuable oil-rich seeds. Cultivate a garden of both beauty and utility with the multifaceted charm of Safflower.

Key Features:

  1. Vibrant Blooms: Safflower enchants with its vibrant orange to red blooms that brighten any garden landscape. The striking flowers, held atop sturdy stems, add a touch of radiance to your outdoor space.

  2. Oil-Rich Seeds: The seeds of Safflower are a rich source of oil, often extracted for culinary and industrial purposes. The oil is prized for its mild flavor, making it a versatile choice for cooking, salad dressings, and various applications.

  3. Culinary Versatility: Incorporate Safflower oil into your culinary adventures. Its mild taste complements a variety of dishes, and its high smoke point makes it suitable for various cooking methods, including sautéing and frying.

  4. Medicinal Traditions: Beyond its culinary uses, Safflower has a history of use in traditional medicine. The oil is sometimes employed for its potential health benefits, including its heart-healthy properties and as a source of antioxidants.

  5. Easy-to-Grow Annual: Safflower is an easy-to-grow annual, flourishing in well-drained soil and full sun. Its low maintenance nature makes it a welcoming addition to gardens, attracting beneficial pollinators along the way.


  • Botanical Name: Carthamus tinctorius
  • Common Names: Safflower, False Saffron
  • Plant Type: Annual
  • Sun Exposure: Full sun
  • Height: 2-4 feet


  • Enjoy the vibrant beauty of Safflower's orange to red blooms, enhancing the visual appeal of your garden.
  • Harvest oil-rich seeds for culinary use, adding a mild and versatile oil to your kitchen repertoire.
  • Explore the culinary versatility of Safflower oil, suitable for various cooking methods and dishes.
  • Embrace Safflower as a traditional remedy, with its oil potentially offering health benefits and antioxidants.
  • Cultivate Safflower easily as an annual plant, bringing both beauty and utility to your garden.

Growing Tips:

  1. Planting: Sow Safflower seeds directly into well-drained soil after the last frost. Ensure the plants receive full sun for optimal growth and flowering.

  2. Watering: Safflower is relatively drought-tolerant. Water sparingly, allowing the soil to dry out between watering sessions.

  3. Harvesting: Harvest the flower heads once they have fully bloomed. To extract oil, collect the seeds after the flowers have dried.

  4. Culinary Use: Incorporate Safflower oil into your cooking for a mild and versatile option. Use it in salad dressings, sautéing, and frying.

  5. Companion Planting: Consider planting Safflower near other crops as it may act as a beneficial companion plant, attracting pollinators and deterring certain pests.

Embark on a journey of beauty and utility with the radiant Safflower. Order now and bring the vibrant blooms and versatile oil of Safflower to your garden and kitchen!