With its big airy umbels of chartreuse yellow flowers, dyer's woad (Isatis tinctoria
) is a sight that always makes me stop the car in southern France. This denizen of dry rocky soils in nature is perfectly hardy (at least to Zone 5) and easy to grow in the ordinary garden or meadow. Traditionally used to make woad, the blue dye of the Druids, it is also a beautiful cutflower.
Sow the seed in well-drained, average soil to dry soil in a sunny location from spring through early fall. Grows to 3 feet.
I've searched for a year to find the right source of French native wildflower seeds to offer you. Here they are! Certified organically grown, these seeds are produced on a family flower farm in the Massif Central
. One hundred percent of the process is artisanal, right down to the seed packets which are decorated with drawings of the content plants by the owner.
Size: 2 g (about 300 seeds)