Family Name: N.O. Compositae
Botanical Name(s): Carthamus tinctorius
Popular Name(s): Dyer's Saffron, American Saffron, Fake Saffron,
Parts Used: Flowers
Habitat: Safflower is grown in many parts of India, China and in
other parts of Asia. It is found in Egypt and in Southern Europe also.
Description: Safflower possesses a stiff, upright and whitish
stem which grows up to a height of 2 to 3 feet. Its leaves are pointed,
spiny and oval shaped. The flowers have both male and female organs and
are pollinated by insects.
Uses: The used part of Safflower is its flowers. The flowers
have laxative and diaphoretic actions. The flowers are effective in
curing measles, fevers and eruptive skin problems.