{floral friday}

{floral friday #64}

Welcome to this week's {floral friday}!

At first, when seeing today's flower at the flower market, I thought it was a thistle (though I had never seen them in orange).. Even though those two flowers, thistles and safflowers, resemble each other a lot, they have one characteristic that sets them apart: Safflowers don't have prickles! ;)


A few facts about the safflower:

  • The genus name “Carthamus” is derived from an Arabic word meaning to paint or to dye, in reference to the brilliant colored dyes yielded by the flowers. The specific epithet “tinctorius” loosely means for dyeing, used in dyeing or used by dyers.
  • In addition to being cultivated as cut flowers, safflowers are widely grown for the edible oil contained in their seeds and as a source of yellow, orange and red dyes used in food coloring and rouge.
  • Safflowers are available year-round from a variety of domestic and foreign growers; however, peak season is from about April through November. {source}

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20 Comments

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    Mme PiNat
    Friday June 29th, 2012 at 09:47 AM

    I just love the first picture, beautiful color and so transparent and fluffy….Nice pictures really and I did not know about this “flower”, thanks for the explanation !

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    Leah
    Friday June 29th, 2012 at 04:59 PM

    So pretty. I actually think thistles are beautiful too, despite the prickles, when they are blooming. I don’t often comment but I enjoy your blog and am a subscriber so I thought I’d drop in and say hi.

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    Connie
    Friday June 29th, 2012 at 05:40 PM

    Very beautiful! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can check it out at http://www.familyhomeandlife.com/2012/06/versital-blogger-award.html. Thanks!

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    Emily
    Saturday June 30th, 2012 at 01:41 AM

    I just love the second photo, with the orange on green.

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    Nana Diana
    Saturday June 30th, 2012 at 07:39 AM

    GREAT photo. It DOES like a different colored thistle! Hope you have a great weekend- xo Diana

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    julie
    Saturday June 30th, 2012 at 08:58 AM

    It is a great photo it looks like a flower from the dinosaur/ out of space ages. Have a great & bless weekend.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday July 1st, 2012 at 08:34 PM

      Ha, I know! They look like they’re placed here from a different time period!
      I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend as well!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Gunilla
    Saturday June 30th, 2012 at 10:01 AM

    Beautiful! Have a lovely weekend!

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    Laura Hegfield
    Saturday June 30th, 2012 at 08:54 PM

    oh, I love these too!

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    Winnie
    Sunday July 1st, 2012 at 07:34 AM

    Very unique and beautiful flowers and super-great photos!

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    Jessi
    Thursday July 5th, 2012 at 10:13 PM

    Oh those do look a bit like thistles! Much prettier though, and nicer without the pokey bits :-) Thanks so much for sharing this at The Fun In Functional!

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    Debra
    Thursday July 12th, 2012 at 06:07 PM

    It is so cool to know where Safflower comes from and what it looks like. Thank you! :D

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