Carthamus

(Arabic name, alluding to the color). C0mp6si!rz. Hardy annuals 2-3 ft. high, with spiny lvs. Involucre with spreading and leafy outer scales and the inner ones more or less spiny: receptacle chafly: akenes glabrous, mostly 4-ribbed. the pappus none or scale-like. Of easiest culture, from seed.