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Dyers border

The border opposite the Nosegay Garden features plants commonly grown for their ability to yield dyes for food, drink and cloth and to make inks and paints for manuscripts. Different parts of the plant yield the dye and were either mixed with alum, water and other plants to create the required colour, or used alone. Examples include celandine where the petals produce a yellow dye which was used in manuscript paint and marjoram, where the flower heads were used to dye linen purple.

The inclusion of dyers herbs is particularly appropriate for a garden in this region, given that East Anglia has close links with the cloth trade.


Plant list

Botanical Name Common Names
Agrimonia eupatoria Agrimony, sticklewort
Alcea rosea Hollyhock
Alkanna tinctoria Alkanet, Spanish bugloss
Anchusa officinalis Common Alkanet, Bugloss
Anthemis tinctoria Dyers camomile, Margeurite
Calendula officinalis Marigold, pot marigold
Carthamnus tinctoria Safflower
Crocus sativus Saffron
Cytisus scoparius
syn: Sarothamnus scoparius
Dyers broom
Dipsacus fullonum ssp fullonum Fullers teasel
Genista tinctoria Dyers greenwood. Dyers broom. Waxen woad
Iris foetidissima Gladdon Iris, stinking Iris, Gladwin Iris, Roast Beef
Iris germanica var florentina Orris
Isatis tinctoria Woad, Dyers woad
Lilium martagon Turks cap lily
Pentaglottis sempervirens Alkanet, Evergreen
Polypodium vulgare Brake root
Pulsatilla vulgaris Pasque flower
Ranunculus ficaria Lesser celandine
Reseda luteola Weld, dyers weld, Dyers rocket
Rosa alba ‘Great Maiden’s Blush’ Rose, Cuisse de Nymph
Rosa damascena trigintipetala Rose, Kazanlik, Rose a parfume de Grasse
Rubia tinctoria Madder, Dyers’ madder

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