Saffron Thistle – Carthamus Tinctorius Zanzibar

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A striking foliage and flowering annual reaching approx. 3ft (90cm).  The flowers are almost thistle like in appearance and can be used as a fresh cut flowers or even dried.  Thrive in poorer soil and dry conditions, where other annuals may struggle.

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Saffron Thistle – Carthamus Tinctorius Zanzibar

A striking foliage and flowering annual reaching approx. 3ft (90cm).  The flowers are almost thistle like in appearance and can be used as a fresh cut flowers or even dried.  Thrive in poorer soil and dry conditions, where other annuals may struggle.

Cultivation advice Saffron Thistle – Carthamus Tinctorius Zanzibar

  • Best sown under cover in trays from 6-8 weeks before the last frost with warmth provided or can be direct sown out from late Apr onwards.
  • Surface sow and only very lightly cover the seed with the growing medium and keep moist.
  • Ideal germination temp 13-18 c (12-18 days)
  • Seedlings can be transplanted to pots and grown on or direct sown seed will need thinned.
  • Acclimatize any seedlings grown under cover  before planting out after all danger of frost has passed.
  • Spacing for mature plants ideally at least 30 cm.