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Dyer's Madder Overview
Rubia tinctorum is a climbing, evergreen, herbaceous perennial in the Rubiaceae family. It is well known by the names Dyer's Madder, Common Madder or Rose Madder. Tiny flowers are star-shaped, coloured pale yellow and they have 5 petals. flowers lead onto small red-black berry fruits. Leaves measure 5-10cm in length and 2-3cm in width, they are arranged in whorls, generally between 4-7 and these radiate around stems. This species climbs through the use of small hooks across the foliage. Its roots can reach over 1m in length and are used to create red dye, the genus name Rubia is from the Latin ruber, meaning red. This species is also used as a food plant by many Lepidoptera larvae.
How to propagate Dyer's Madder
You can propagate from seeds which are sown in spring.
Division of the creeping rootstock.
Other uses of Dyer's Madder
Used as a dye plant.