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Isatis tinctoria (Woad)Herb Plant

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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.

Other Details

Full sun
Soil Type:
Free draining rich soil
Flower Colour:
Latin Name:
Isatis tinctoria
RHS rating H6 - Hardy - very cold winter

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