General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Annual
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Plant Height: 24 to 36 inches
Plant Spread: 8 to 12 inches
Fruit: Edible to birds
Other: Each seed head contains15 to 20 seeds or more.
Fruiting Time: Fall
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Medicinal Herb
Cut Flower
Dried Flower
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Drought tolerant
Salt tolerant
Pollinators: Moths and Butterflies
Miscellaneous: With thorns/spines/prickles/teeth

Common names
  • Safflower
  • False Saffron
  • American Saffron
  • Dyer's Saffron

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