Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dried Safflower and Lemon Mint

We have a couple of new dried flowers that look great just dropped into a vase - Dried Safflower (Carthamus tinctorus) and Dried Lemon Mint (Monarda citriodora).

Safflower is actually one of the most ancient cultivated crops - the Egyptians used it to dye their textiles, and garlands of it were found in King Tut's tomb. One thing about it is that it has little spines, so you might want to wear gloves while handling it.

Although one of the common names of Monarda citriodora is Lemon Mint, my nose doesn't detect a trace of lemon - it smells like oregano to me! Other common names include Blooming Monarda and Purple Horsemint. It is native to North America.

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