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Description: Choose from the following: Blues: Indigo, Woad Reds: Amaranth (Hopi Red dye), Bugloss (Alkanet), Henna, Joe Pye Weed, Ladys' Bedstraw Dyers Woodruff Red to Yellow: Calliopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria), Safflower Bright Yellow: Weld Black: Gipsywort, Meadowsweet More details...
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SEEDS FOR DYE PLANTS
NOTE: Buglose, Meadowsweet, Henna & Indigo have a higher price. Price will be shown above when you make your selection.
 
Blues
Indigo: The true indigo used to produce the famous blue dye that for 4000 years was considered the most important dye stuff in the world. The leaves (strongest when in flower) contain indocan which must be fermented or steeped 12-48 hours to produce the blue dye. The leaves are used to deepen the blackness of black hair in India. The Chinese use the roots and leaves to treat swollen glands, heat rash and depression


Woad
: Cultivated as a source of an excellent blue dye for over 2000 years in Europe replaced by indigo only in the last century. Used by the ancient Celtics to paint their bodies blue.




Reds
Amaranth
(Hopi Red dye):A beautiful ornamental herb with rich maroon colored leaves and long cascading flower bracts, producing a beautiful red dye. The seeds are edible and nutritious and can replace poppy seeds in recipes. Amaranth is also a food source for birds, making it a very versatile herb to grow.

Bugloss
(Alkanet):It is a member of the borage family, producing large numbers of blue to purple flowers. This herb was once listed in the U.S. Pharmacoepia as a diuretic and a diaphoretic. Roots yield a good red dye.


Henna
: A mystical herb in the East for centuries, the red coloring produced from the leaf was considered to represent the blood and fire of the earth and to bond mankind with nature, giving rise to its use to dye nails, hands, feet and hair. The Berbers still color corpses as well as babies with the dye and use it in marriage ceremonies. Produces a very strong hair dye. Can be grown in a container for colder climates to bring indoors in winter.

Joe Pye Weed
:Huge fluffy mauve colored flower heads are held aloft on sturdy purplish bamboo-like stems of this beautifully colossal plant. Joe Pye is an excellent specimen for background planting or to create a natural screen in summer. This herb received its name from an Indian medicine man in New England named Joe Pye who became famous for curing typhus fever, among other illnesses with this plant. It was also used by Indians to make a pink or red dye. Its perspiration inducing properties used to break a fever quickly became a common practice by the early settlers and is still used by British and American herbalists today.

Ladys' Bedstraw:A close relative of sweet woodruff and a member of the madder family, Lady’s Bedstraw, with clusters of airy yellow flowers, forms a light, fluffy ground cover that can be pruned to be kept low or staked up. Try stuffing a pillow with Lady’s bedstraw to induce sleep when you’re too wound up to fall asleep easily. An excellent red dye is made from the fresh or dried roots, yellow from the flowers.

Dyers Woodruff:
Roots produce a red dye similar to madder. Ornamental with an airy growth habit and tiny white flowers similar to Baby's Breath
.

Red to Yellow
Calliopsis:
(Coreopsis tinctoria) An annual form of Coreopsis with daisy-like flowers in yellow, maroon, and crimson. Flowerheads produce a yellow to red dye. Great simply grow as a wildflower.



Safflower:
The dried flower petals can be used as a substitute for saffron. The oil from the seeds of safflower has been used since the days of the Egyptians and continues to be used today for it’s low cholesterol. The flowers produce a red and yellow dye.


Bright Yellow
Weld: Traditionally used in Europe to make a bright yellow dye. Six foot tall flower spikes with yellow flowers.


Black
Gipsywort: The fresh juice from the herb produces a strong black dye. Once used by gypsies to darken their skin. As a sedative, it reduces the pulse rate in overactive thyroid conditions and to treat palpitations of the heart.

Meadowsweet: Also known as Queen of the Meadow. Clusters of creamy-white sweet-scented flowers top very thin, yet stiff stems, making them look like they are suspended in the air. The fern-like foliage makes this a very ornamental herb for the garden. Contains one of the original sources of salicylic acid, synthesized to make aspirin. The roots produce a black dye.



NOTE: Some U.S. states do not permit the growing of some of these seeds, viewing them as "invasive." Please adhere to the regulatio
ns in your area.

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