Isatis tinctoria (Woad)

Full Sun
Light/Partial Shade
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Plant Details

Following bright yellow flowers in early summer, the blue-tinged seeds make an attractive display, held on tall stems above the foliage.

The leaves of the woad plant were used to produce a blue dye that the ancient Britons used as body paint when going into battle. Woad is also apparently an antiseptic and it is likely that it was used on wounds at the time. The seeds make a nice olive coloured dye. 

The seedheads can be stored for many months and make stunning additions to arrangements.

Height and Spread: 120cm x 60cm

Common name(s): Woad, Dyer's woad

Photo 1 shows seeds that we collected in 2019.
Photo 2 : CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

All our plants are supplied in at least 9x10cm pots. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants planted in bigger pots at the same time. We do not sell 'plug plants' because those need to be grown on before planting. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant. We grow everything we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside.