Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius, Natural Dye and Herb, Ground
Safflower is a herbaceous, thistle-like annual with brilliant yellow, orange or red flowers.
Historically Safflower was grown as a crop for its seeds, and used for coloring and flavoring foods, in medicines, and making red (carthamin) and yellow dyes. Vegetable oil is also extracted from its seeds.
Safflower flowers are sometimes sold as a cheaper substitute for saffron. It is therfore referred to as "bastard saffron."
Safflower is one of humanity's oldest crops. Garlands made from safflowers were found in the tomb of the pharaoh Tutankhamun.
Yarn dyed with different mordants are as follows from left to right alum, tin, iron.
Refer to a dye book or our mordant listings for further information.
We stock food grade, of course.
Item purchased is bag of Safflower in picture.
Safflower, Carthamus tinctorius, Natural Dye and Herb, Ground listed in:
Natural Dyes and Mordants
, Herbs and Spices