Genista tinctoria – Dyer's Greenweed

Dyer’s Greenweed is an attractive, small, shrubby member of the pea family. 10-50cm tall with a rounded stem, simple leaves and an erect raceme of rich yellow flowers it can be distinguished from Petty Whin or a diminutive Gorse by its lack of spines and from a small Broom by its rounded stem. Flowers from June to August.

Type Seeds per gram Origin Ordering
Grassland Perennial 360 Hertfordshire Currently unavailable

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Habitat Information
A native, deciduous shrub found in a variety of grassy habitats including rough pastures, old meadows, heaths, road verges and field margins. It likes heavy soils that are calcareous to slightly acidic.

Dyer's Greenweed has, as the name suggest, been used since Saxon times to colour wool. All parts of the plant yield the water-fast pigment luteolin which was used either on its own to produce yellow or in combination with Woad to form a strong green colour.


Growing Information
Easy to grow from seed but germination can take some time due to hard coat dormancy. Germination can be speeded up with a light scarification.
Dyer's Greenweed is a little susceptible to frost and requires warmth and a good sunny position.

Availability

Currently sold out.  We hope to get a small harvest this summer to offer for sale in the autumn

Species currently unavailable or of restricted availability

Sorry, this species is currently unavailable to order as a single item as we have no stock. For more information please see availability note above.

Prices

£/1kg -
£/100g -
£/10g £6.30
£/1g £1.50