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Carthamus: Wild and happy

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by PSF • Thursday August 18, 2016

Carthamus tinctorius is a thistle like plant with striking orange or yellow flowers. There is also a creamy white variety. Through their rough appearance, they are really suitable in giving a bouquet a natural, wild feel. Carthamus can also be easily dried.

Sun worshipper

Carthamus belongs to the daisy family (Asteraceae). Originally it is found in western Asia and is a true sun worshipper. Just like a thistle, the plant has spiky leaves. The cut flower varieties are thankfully less aggressive. 


Traditionally Carthamus was grown as a paint plant; the plant is also called Safflower. The flower petals give off a substance, brown yellow to red, depending on the amount used. Oil is made from the seeds, which is valued for its healthy, cosmetic and healing qualities. In short, Carthamus is a widely useful plant!

Carthamus care tips

Carthamus is available all year round. Standard care tips apply: cut the ends off the stems, remove the lower leaves and put the bouquet in clean water with cut flower food.

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