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.
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