Madder (Rubia tinctorum) seeds, organic

$3.95

Family: Madder (Rubiaceae)

Hardy to Zones 5 to 9

Climbing evergreen perennial native to the Mediterranean and southern Europe. 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!)  Traditional usage (TWM): urinary gravel, dropsy, amenorrhoea and jaundice.  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.  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.

20 seeds per packet
5 g contains ~ 300 seeds
10 g contains ~ 600 seeds

Certified Organically Grown

 

 

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    Courtney

    Are the leaves, stems, and/or berries poisonous?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      Anything taken in sufficient dosage can be harmful. Generally extracts of the root are well-tolerated, although large quantities consumed without buffer could prove toxic. Cloth dyed with madder is harmless and non-allergenic–there is a huge burgeoning of demand for organically grown madder root for the purpose of natural dyes. The leaves, stems and berries are not listed as medicinal parts of the plant and should not be taken internally–there’s no reason to do so.

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    Dorothy Haines

    Do you ship to Canada?

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      Admin Richo Cech

      we ship worldwide

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    Admin Richo Cech

    More notes specific to this plant:  A good choice for filling that dry spot with an interesting and useful plant, Madder is Xerophytic to an X.  In a drought year we watered our plants not at all and they produced abundantly! It is like that in a diverse garden of medicinal herbs–regardless of weather conditions, delight or disaster, something is always going to like it!

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    • Choijunghwa

      Can i buy madder seeds now?

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    • Richo Cech

      Admin Richo Cech

      Yes, I’ll enable a packet for you. Please hurry to buy it before someone else does!
      Richo

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