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Common Name: Wild Madder
Rubia peregrina is a Evergreen Perennial up to 0.10 metres tall.
It has medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
Western and southern Europe, including Britain, to N. Africa.
Hedges, thickets, scrub and stony ground in the south and south-west of Britain[
Prefers a loose moist leafy soil in some shade[
]. Tolerates dry soils but quickly becomes scorched when growing in full sun[
]. Plants grown in fertile well-limed soils produce more pigment in the root[
Abortifacient, aphrodisiac, diuretic, emmenagogue[
A red dye is obtained from the roots[
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed can be very slow to germinate[
]. Prick out the seedlings when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for the first year. Plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer.
Division in spring or at any time in the growing season if the divisions are kept well watered until established[
]. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.