Annual. Creamy ivory, lemon yellow and bright saffron orange thistle-like flowers atop prickly plants. Individual blooms are small but produced in great numbers, from midsummer on. Earlier blooming than many safflowers. Safflowers are a source of healthful oilseed, which the birds like as well. Also is useful as a dye plant. Widely grown in Europe, but gaining appreciation here. 30-inch plants are equally at home in the herb garden or the border.