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Isatis tinctoria (Woad)

This traditional dye plant has towering and puffy clouds of yellow-green in spring with glamorous, shiny, ebony seedpods which store in dried arrangements for years.
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100 seeds

5 super plugs (200473-5)

10 super plugs (200473-10)

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Details:

Type
Hardy Biennial
Position
Back, Middle
Soil
Chalky, Fertile, Neutral
Flowers
May
Height
1.3m (4ft 3in)
Group/Species
tinctoria
Common name
Dyer's Woad
Moisture
Well-drained
Size
100 seeds
Aspect
Full Sun, Part Shade
Spread
60cm (24in)
Cultivation
Soak the seed before sowing to remove the inhabiting chemical that creates dormancy. Lightly cover with soil and water well. Plants prefer an alkaline soil, this can be created by working lime into the soil.

Description

This traditional dye plant has towering and puffy clouds of yellow-green in spring with glamorous, shiny, ebony seedpods which store in dried arrangements for years. Currently a very fashionable plant, all over the Chelsea Flower Show gardens.

Care Tips

Like other plants of the cabbage family, woad plants are susceptible to club root. Do not plant where other brassicas have been grown. Deadhead or cut to prevent self-seeding.