Scientific Name: Carthamus tinctorius
Common Name: Safflower
Cultivation Type: High Tunnel, Field
Planting Density: 40 to 62 plants/sq. meter (4 to 6 plants/sq. foot).
Flower Color (primary): Orange/Peach/Apricot
Foliage Color: Dark Green
Features thornless leaves and round flower buds atop stems of uniform length. Best grown as a direct-sown crop, in field and high tunnel applications. Good for fresh and dried use; can also be used green when harvested young.
Stem Length: 81 - 102cm (32 - 40")
Harvest Recommendation: Harvest when flowers are starting to open for blooming use. Cut stems young/green for use as green filler.
Post-Harvest Recommendation: Hydration solution followed by holding solution. Short-term cold storage at 2-4°C (35-40°F) is tolerated. Not ethylene sensitive.
Vase Life Recommendation: 5-8 days