Leaves have a blue-green color, with a whitish vein on the upper surface of the blade. The yellow flowers are bee magnets. Grows to over five feet in height and has a strong taproot. The seed pods are similar to tiny pea pods when opened, except there is just one seed per pod. When completely dry, the seeds turn deep purple. Zone 4-8. The leaves are used to dye yarn, organic fabrics and to produce inks (once used by ancient Celts as a body-paint). Woad is biodegradable and safe in the environment, unlike many synthetic inks. When lifted up from the dye bath the garment is yellow, when it reacts with the oxygen it first turns green and then blue. It’s pure magic!
Woad is an antiseptic herb that has many medicinal benefits; The root is dried, then processed into granules, which are most commonly consumed dissolved in hot water or tea.
Other: Isatis indigotica, Ban Lan Gen, Ban Lang Gen, Baphicacanthus cusia, Chinese Indigo, Clerodendron cyrtophyllum, Da Qing Ye, Da Quing Ye, Dyer's Woad, Farberwaid (Färberwaid), Folium Isatidis, Genêt des Teinturiers, Guède, Hierba Pastel, Indigo, Indigo Naturalis, Indigo Woad, Isatis indigotica, Isatis tinctoria, Pastel des Teinturiers, Persicaria tinctoria, Polygonum tinctorium, Qing Dai, Quing Dai, Radix Isatidis, Strobilanthes cusia; Woad, Plant dyes, Natural dye seeds, natural dyeing, Dyers garden, Blue natural dye