colors from safflower

dried safflower heads, reminds me of saffron threads

Safflower (carthamus tinctorius) is a tall plant with spiky leaves, and thistle like flowers. It is a hardy plant with attractive flowers in deep orange and yellow. Safflower is widely grown and commercially cultivated for vegetable oil, which was extracted from the seeds; and the dried flowers are sometimes used to substitute as saffron in cooking, and in textile dyeing.

For this post, I snipped a branch and gingerly wrapped it with a piece of silk fabric with strings; and simmered the bundle in water for half an hour. Below are results from this experiment.

pretty orange and yellow flower heads–touch me not

showing green–quite promising!

wilted flower heads and seeds in yellowish green background

shadowy prints in sage, green, and yellow

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4 Responses to colors from safflower

  1. lizseville says:

    I love this piece. I wanted to know more about dying with such plants. Liz Seville


  2. Leena Ketola says:

    After this many years I am interested to know is that yellow colour of safflower stayed? Disappeared? It is said not to be fast at all.


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