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Strictly Medicinal Organic Madder

Very Drought Tolerant Plant

Brand: Strictly Medicinal    Item Number: SNV7071

$3.99

In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.

$3.99

In Stock! Ships from Northern CA.

Description

Madder Rubia tinctorum

Climbing evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. Hardy to -5 degrees F. The plant is a classic element of the Medieval garden, completely unique, wending its way along the ground or draping on fence or trellis. The yellow, star-like flowers are produced in the second year after which the roots may be dug. Madder root contains the anthraquinone pigment alizarin, which is responsible for its popularity as a fine red dyeplant (The English “red coats” owed their visability to this plant!).

Certified organic, 20 seeds/pkt

Photo by H. Zell

Features

  • Grow on a Trellis
  • Open-Pollinated
  • Requires Summer Water
  • Useful in Dye Making

Characteristics

Seed Unit Sizes Seed Pack Organic Status Certified Organic Product
Plant Usage Ornamental Organic Certifier Oregon Tilth
Life Cycle Tender Perennial Planting Time Spring
Approximate Harvest Time Early Fall Days to Maturity 120+ Days
Sun Requirements Full Sun/Part Sun Useful Plant Part Root
Growth Habit Herbaceous Starting Location Direct Sow
Soil pH 6.1 - 7.5
Seed Unit Sizes Seed Pack
Organic Status Certified Organic Product
Plant Usage Ornamental
Organic Certifier Oregon Tilth
Life Cycle Tender Perennial
Planting Time Spring
Approximate Harvest Time Early Fall
Days to Maturity 120+ Days
Sun Requirements Full Sun/Part Sun
Useful Plant Part Root
Growth Habit Herbaceous
Starting Location Direct Sow
Soil pH 6.1 - 7.5

Planting & Care

Soil & Water: Plant prefers very fast draining soil and full sun. It is very drought tolerant and will thrive for weeks in a sunny, well-drained bed without any water at all.

Planting & Growing: Sow seed in fall or spring. Sow 1/2 inch deep and tamp securely, then keep evenly moist and in the sun until germination, which may take up to 3 weeks. The seeds may be sown in pots (3 per pot, thin to the best seedling) or direct seeded at 3 inches apart, then transplant or thin to 1 foot apart. The plant will appreciate a trellis, mainly because this will give you, the gardener, space to cultivate around the plants, which stimulates them.

Harvesting & Storage: Harvest root for dyes when 3 years old.

What You May Need

Shipping Information

Shipping Weight: 0.01 lbs. Dimensions: 5"L x 2.625"W x 0.1"H

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