Dyer’s Woad

Isatis tinctoria

Dyer’s Woad has been grown since ancient times for it’s deep blue dye which was used for dying fabric and clothing, as well as decorating the bodies of Celtic warriors to make them look more fierce during battle. Woad is adorned with large clusters of vibrant yellow-gold flowers that bloom in early summer. It is the leaves that are collected and dried for dye

Water: Moderate to drought tolerant once established

Hardiness: Frost Hardy

Habit: A biennial that makes a rosette of leaves 18" wide and then blooms on stalk to 4'

Light: Full Sun

Soil: Rich soil high in Nitrogen

Origin: Southeastern Europe

Dyer’s Woad