Isatis tinctoria (Woad)

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Plant Overview

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 9cm pots unless otherwise specified. Plants in this size pot establish quickly in the garden and often outpace plants in bigger pots planted at the same time. Our potted plants can be planted immediately, unless otherwise noted, or you can leave them in their pots until you are ready to plant.
The majority of our plants are grown outdoors. This means that they follow their natural growth patterns and are ready to plant at any time of the year. If you order the plants in winter, they are likely to be dormant and died back to ground level, ready to shoot again in spring - just like the herbaceous perennials in your own garden. Very occasionally, in winter, we may indicate on the packing slip that a plant needs to be hardened off before planting out. This will be because it has just come out of a polytunnel. If you have any questions about our plants or growing methods, please feel free to drop us an email.
We grow most of what we sell ourselves, in our nursery in the Buckinghamshire countryside. Our prices include VAT at 20%.