Carthamnus tinctorius

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safflower

Carthamnus tinctorius L.
  • Occurrence in Alberta – Y
  • AB Weed – No

Remarks

An annual originally from the eastern Mediterranean or Asia, it no longer occurs in the wild. It is cultivated for edible oil, dye, birdseed, and as an ornamental. Sometimes volunteers outside cultivation. Not very competitive with most crops because of shade intolerance, thus not an agricultural weed. It might have the potential to spread on sunny sites with little competition for light from other plants.

safflower found at curbside in Worsley, AB, Photo: A. Zylstra
safflower found at curbside in Worsley, AB, Photo: A. Zylstra

References

[1] eFlora FNA

[2] Purdue University Center for New Crops and Plants Products.