Calling all "judges" for the annual DG County Fair! Vote for your favorites here!

SOLVED: prickly volunteer?

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

Here's a very prickly addition to my volunteer sunflowers along the fence. Starts out in bud that is brilliant orange red then flowers with golden dandelion-like petals with that orange in the middle and then the orange disappears.
The have no fragrance.

Thumbnail by Janiejoy

Its a Safflower - Cathamus tinctorius, it has a long history so I'm adding a hyperlink.

http://www-ang.kfunigraz.ac.at/~katzer/engl/generic_frame.html?Cart_tin.html

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

Wow, you are absolutely right... I wonder where in the world we got safflower volunteers???

Thanks for the excellent link, Baa.

God bless,
Janie

Milford, CT(Zone 6a)

Do you have birdfeeders....???? All sorts of mysterious things come up from birdseed. My girlfriend has corn coming up in her flowerbeds courtesy of the birds and you should seed the odd plants that sprout in my gardens. I have feeders everywhere!!!

Silver Lake, OH(Zone 5b)

Yes, this is right amongst the volunteer sunflowers from my wintertime bird feeder right outside my window where the computer is. :)

Maybe that's where the volunteer Dill came from too. :)

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