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  1. Hopi Red Dye Amaranth


    Amaranthus Cruentus. These foot plants are very ornamental with brilliant maroon leaves and seed heads. An important source of red dye, both the leaves and seeds are edible. 50 seeds Learn More



    Beta Vulgaris V Cruenta. Annual. There is no green color anywhere in this plant. Start 1/2 inch deep as soon as ground can be worked. Should be ready for harvest in about 55 days. Produces a deep red dye, rumored to be the only red dye allowed in Sweden. Beets are small but edible and sweet. 100 seeds Learn More

  3. HENNA


    Lawsonia Invermis. Used since ancient times to color hair, skin, nails, and fabric, henna produces an orange to brown dye. The waxy green leaves, stems, and pink, yellow, or white flowers are used in perfumes. Henna also makes a good houseplant. Germinate in moist paper towels in the refrigerator for four days and then transfer to a warm spot. 50 seeds. Learn More

  4. WOAD


    Isatis Tinctoria Biennial. The three foot bush is covered with small yellow flowers which produce deep purple pods. A lovely blue dye is obtained from the leaves. it is also used as an antibiotic by the Chinese. 25 seeds Learn More

  5. Indigo


    Indigofera Tinctoria. Tend perennial grown as an annual in the North. Start indoors and transplant to a sunny spot. The 2 to 3 foot shrub will be covered with flesh colored pea-type blossoms that produce short woody pods. While in flower, harvest the leaves to produce a beautiful blue dye. 25 seeds Learn More

  6. Black Hollyhock


    Althea Rosea. Biennial. The five foot tall plants produce very dark purple flowers which will yield a lavender to mauve shade when used in dyeing. 50 seeds Learn More

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  7. Golden Margerite


    Anthemis Tinctoria. Also known as dyer's chamomile, this hardy perennial grows to 3 feet tall with abundant dark yellow daisy-like flowers above lacy foliage. It produces a yellow, buff, or orange dye depending upon the mordant used. It also makes a nice cut flower and is a welcome addition to the perennial bed. 50 seeds Learn More

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