- Safflower is a thistle-like plant containing one to five yellow-orange flower heads per branch.
- The crop is native to Asia and Africa but is now seen grown in the western United States.
- Safflower is in the same plant family as sunflower.
Oil extracted from its seeds can be used to make…
- heat-stable cooking oil
- cosmetic products
- paints and varnishes
- livestock feed
- California grows about 50% of safflower in the U.S.
- Safflower was originally grown to make red or yellow dyes out of its flowers for food preparation and clothing items.