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WANTED: I can help dig up Isatis tinctoria (for dyeing)

Posted by madspinner z7 WA skagit (My Page) on
Sat, Apr 16, 05 at 20:37

I don't want to plant it!

Dyer's Woad, or Isatis tinctoria is a noxious weed here in Washington. However, if someone has a whole lot of it on their property and they live sort of near Whatcom or Skagit Counties, I could be talked into coming and helping dig it up/destroy them if I can take some home to dye with. I would, of course, promise NOT TO PLANT IT, and would take steps to destroy what was left of the plants when I was done.

For those who don't know, if you ferment it you can make a blue dye out of woad. It is very similar to indigo, as far as dye plants go.

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RE: WANTED: I can help dig up Isatis tinctoria (for dyeing)

I have a former neighbor in Virginia who has started a small garden, in memory of his wife, inside a public garden. She died of cancer. This small garden contains a full spectrum of plants from which cancer drugs are made. He wanted me to locate some Isatis tinctoria since it is a weed in the NW. I have not been able to locate any! If you find any, will you be willing to send him some rooted small plants? Thanks.

Balraj in Sequim, WA.

RE: WANTED: I can help dig up Isatis tinctoria (for dyeing)

You might also enjoy using berries from the mature POKE plant for Red/Purple dyes. Just be SURE to wear gloves as all parts of this plants are toxic once it gets over 10" tall or so. I grow Poke to eat the UNDER 8-inch leaves in my eggs for breakfast. Better than Spinach. Young stalks can be chopped for crunch in raw or cooked foods.

(---> NEVER eat the root or berries - or older leaves)

RE: Weaver's woad in Utah

My mom used to live in Salt Lake City, Utah. She told me there was weaver's woad growing on Redwood Road west of SLC. We used to joke that the road was called Wedwood Woad. Don't know if this helps -- maybe someone in Utah could help you. Might not be legal to transport it, though.


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