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Indigofera tinctora - Indigo Dye Plant

Indigofera tinctora - Indigo Dye Plant


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Packet of 12 seeds.

This will grow into 2 m shrub, with a few pinnate leaves. The flowers are carried on long leafless stems and are rose to purple in colour and pea-like. These are borne during the summer and autumn.

Although it is not known where this plant originally grew, this is a very adaptable plant in respect of it's growing requirements. These plants are used commercially to produce a very high grade blue dye - Indigo. The dye is made by fermenting the leaves and then drying and collecting the sediment. The strongest dye is produced by using freshly picked leaves.

Hardy to Zone 8, so should be very suitable for outdoor culture in most parts of the UK.

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