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Order received safely today. Wonderful quality Jostaberry - I have previously purchased twice from Ken Muir and they have been miserable things which died immediately. Thankyou. The packaging contributed to my compost heap I have had great success with the climbing peas and look forward to sowing these next year. I recommend you to all my gardening friends Best wishes
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Woad Plant

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Isatis tinctoria

  • Important source of blue dye.
  • Biennial
  • Grows to 3 ft (1 m) in height
  • Narrow blue-green leaves
  • Small yellow flowers

Supplied as a pot grown plant grown in a 7cm pot.

Available from late April NEXT YEAR

1 or more £2.95GBP each. Group & quantity discounts
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Woad, also known as dyer's woad, is an important source of blue dye. It has been cultivated throughout Europe for hundreds of years, and there were important woad-growing regions in the UK during the medieval period. Native to the steppes and deserts of Central Asia, it is also found throughout south-east and central Europe.

Woad is a biennial plant with an upright habit, reaching 3 ft (1 m) tall. It has narrow bluish-green leaves, which look as though they've been dusted with white fluff, and small yellow flowers, which are followed by unusual black seed pods.

Woad prefers a hot and sunny situation (this encourages the production of the dye in the young leaves), and is happy in most soils (its natural habitat is cliffs and cornfields, and chalky soils). Give it plenty of nitrogen-rich fertiliser to encourage production of leaves. Harvest leaves for making dye between July and September. If allowed to flower it will self-seed. Harvest all the young leaves at once for dye-making, and allow plant to regrow. Woad produces more indigo when the weather is hot and sunny. Once the plant flowers, indigo production ceases.

Woad has a long tap root so is not suitable for container growing. It is a member of the cabbage family so is susceptible to club root.

Recognised to be an excellent attractant and nectar source for bees and other beneficial insects.

  • Biennial.
  • Grows to 3 feet (1 metre) in height.
  • Narrow blue-green leaves
  • Small yellow flowers.

  • Uses
  • Dye is extracted from the young leaves.
  • When making dye, harvest all leaves at once and allow plant to regrow.

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Plant Passport Registration Number: GB-34265