Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

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Hardy, climbing perennial native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Flowers in the second year producing yellow, star-shaped flowers, after which the roots may be dug. Root contains a pigment Alizarin, which is a very stable red dye. (The red of the English red coats!) The root is also used medicinally for treating urinary gravel, edema, and jaundice. Prefers fast draining soil, full sun and a trellis. Drought tolerant. (Approx. 40 seeds/pkt)