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Isatis tinctoria (Woad)Herb Plant


Some Herbs may be too tall for our standard packaging and will be trimmed to fit. This will not be detrimental to the plant but will mean that these herbs will flower later in the year.

The Blister packs used to protect our beautiful herbs during transit are made from 100% recycled plastic and can be recycled kerbside.

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) Herb in 1 litre Pot 

Woad (Isatis tinctoria) also known as dyers weed is a biennial plant, native of the Mediterranean and belongs to the family Cruciferae (the brassicas), as do broccoli, cabbage and rape seed.  It is an interesting plant to have in the herb garden because of it's fascinating history.

Preferring rich well-drained soil, Woad forms a low-growing cluster of leaves (like spinach) in its first year of growth, reaching heights of 50cm. It is at this stage that leaves are harvested for their dye. In May of the second year, it produces neon yellow flowers, which have a wonderful fragrance and attract plenty of bees.

The plant will reach heights of 1m, and the black seed pods produced at the end of flowering will happily self seed, so removal of the seed heads is vital to ensure it remains contained.

Herb Usage

Woad is best known for its fantastic indigo colour, which is extracted from the leaves, and has been used to dye textiles for thousands of years.

Buy Woad Online

Our potted woad herb plants are generally available to buy online between March and September.

Isatis tinctoria (Woad)Herb Plant
Aspect/Site Full sun
Soil Type Free draining rich soil
Flower Colour Yellow
Height 50cm
Spread 50cm
Latin Name Isatis tinctoria
Hardiness RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter
Culinary None
Scented None
Medicinal/Cosmetic Dye
Flowering/Harvest/Interest Summer
Special Features Pollinator Friendly
Type of Garden Herb