Carthamus Tinctorius, Bidens or Safflower are a really interesting dried flower. They are grown, harvested and dried in the Netherlands but are also grown for their oils and the seeds are used for dyes. The flower and oil from the seeds are used as medicine. Safflower seed oil is used for high cholesterol, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, to prevent scarring, and for many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
They are also popular as a cut and dried flower and look wonderful when combined with Achillea Parker and Phalaris or Canary Grass or other dried flowers. Safflower is a highly branched, herbaceous, thistle-like annual plant in the family Asteraceae. It was used by the early Spanish colonies along the Rio Grande as a substitute for saffron. The Plants are 30 to 150 cm tall with globular flower heads having yellow, orange, or red flowers. Each branch will usually have from one to five flower heads. Our dried Safflower or Bidens are on average 60 to 65 cm long and are available in many colours.