Flower, 'Lorenzo Trussoni Heirloom' Safflower
Lorenzo Trussoni definitely knew best when he brought this safflower from Italy to Genoa, Wisconsin, in 1889. Not only do its dried petals make an excellent saffron substitute when harvested fresh and dried inside, but the flowers also add a splash of vivid (yellow and orange-red) color to the garden. Plants reach about 2' tall and form flowering branches along their main stems. Today this safflower is grown by many in the Italian-American community in Genoa, including Lorenzo’s descendants.
- From the Collection
- Annual plants grow to 2 foot
- Petals can be dried for a saffron substitute
- Striking cut flower
- Yellow to Orange-Red flower heads
Instructions - Sow seeds indoors just beneath the surface of the soil. Plant out into average well-drained soil after the danger of frost has passed. Good cutting flower.
- Start Indoors: 6-8 weeks before last frost
- Germination: 7-10 Days
- Plant Outdoors: 12-18” Apart
- Light: Sun/Partial Shade