Carthamus tinctorius

Tracheophyta MagnoliopsidaAsteraceaeCarthamusCarthamus tinctorius


An annual or biennial herb used in bird-seed mixtures and appearing as a casual on rubbish tips, where farmyard manure has been dumped, and in other waste places. Lowland.



World Distribution

C. tinctorius is not known as a wild plant, but it has long been cultivated in S. Europe, S.W. & S.C. Asia and elsewhere.

Distribution information

JNCC Designations


PLANTATT - Attributes of British and Irish plants. (.zip 1455KB) This dataset was compiled and published in 2004, and last updated in November 2008. Download includes an Excel spreadsheet of the attributes, and a PDF explaining the background and nomenclature. Note that the PDF version is the booklet as published, whereas the Excel spreadsheet incorporates subsequent corrections. A hardcopy can be purchased from the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.

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