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Dyeing with Woad Seed

If you have ever grown Woad for dyeing blue with the leaves, you will know that there are an awful lot of seeds produced as well. In fact, far more than you will ever need or be able to give away. Woad is a 2 year plant. The first year it looks like a spinach plant, with a neat crown of leaves. I have actually grown it in the flower border as foliage because it's quite pretty at that stage. This first year is when you harvest those leaves for the blue dye they contain. But if it is left, it dies back in the Winter and reappears in Spring, sending up quite a tall shoot perhaps as high as four feet. During this second year of growth there is no blue dye-value in the leaves. After the yello

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