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Our Price: $6.95
ZONE: 4 - 8
EXPOSURE: Full to Part Sun
SIZE: 48"H x 24"S, Mature
BLOOM: Yellow, Spring - Summer

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Woad Plants

Isatis tinctoria

Woad, a member of the Cabbage family, is a hardy biennial plant native to northern Europe and the British Isles that is a source of the blue dye chemical, Indigotin, that is also produced by the much stronger and more famous sub-tropical Indigo plant.

Usage of cultivated Woad dates back to the Neolithic Age and since that time the plant has been popular in the production of dye used for warpaint, tattooing, painting pottery and dying clothing. Modern technology is currently looking into this invasive plant as a substitute for commercial dyes and ink, especially in hopes to offer a biodegradable solution to the amount of waste produced by ink jet printer cartridges.

Woad may be an herb worth investigating for its modern medicinal value, as it possesses chemical compounds that may aide in the fight against breast cancer. The plant has been used for centuries and is still popular in Chinese medicine as a treatment for syphilis, hepatitis A, sore throats, colds and more. Highly astringent, it is best in small doses if taken internally but can also be used as an external remedy as a treatment for sores and ulcers.

Woad plants like an alkaline soil, so apply lime to the soil about a week before transplanting. For dark colors Woad needs plenty of nitrogen, which it can get from fertilizers such as dried blood & bone meal. Woad is very easy to grow in sunny or partly sunny locations. As a biennial it grows one year, flowers and produces seed the second year and dies.

Because of the highly invasive nature of this herb, some states and localities have strict prohibitions on growing Woad. Please check with your local state agriculture department before planting Woad, or try it in a decorative pot or container to control its aggressive growth. We cannot ship tour friends in CO, Sorry!
Zones: 4 - 8

Size: 48"H x 24"S

Light: Full to Part Sun

Bloom: Yellow, Spring - Summer

Uses: Used primarily for the production of Indigotin dye which was used in everything from warpaint to decorating,Woad is also highly astringent and used medicinally for tinctures and teas.Preliminary research suggests that Woad may contain chemical compounds that could be used to fight breast cancer.

Tips: Woad is an aggressively self seeding herb and is considered invasive in many areas. Check with your local state agriculture department before planting Woad in large amounts, or control its growth by planting it in a pot or container.

Does Not Grow Well Indoors!

Average Customer Review: 5 of 5 Total Reviews: 2 Write a review.

  0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:
Woad Plants April 30, 2019
Reviewer: Marsha Fowler from Baton Rouge, LA United States  
Superb service, plants arrived safely and packaged well. Thanks a million!

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  8 of 8 people found the following review helpful:
Woad May 28, 2014
Reviewer: Sharon Crowell-Davis from Athens, GA United States  
The 6 plants I ordered arrived in good condition.  Three were planted in one garden and three in another.  So far, all are doing well.  Some of the larger leaves that they had when they originally arrived wilted a bit and aren't doing so well, but the root system seems to be well established, and new, young leaves are growing up vigorously.  This is my first time growing woad, which I intend to harvest to use for dyeing.  I'm eager to learn from these 6 plants, and perhaps plant more later if I get the hang of how best to grow them and how to use their dyeing properties.

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