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Common Name: Saw-Wort
Serratula tinctoria is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
Europe, including Britain, south and east from Scandanavia to N. Spain, Balkans and Siberia.
Wood margins, clearings, rides and open grasslands on moist basic soils over limestone or chalk[
Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[
Suitable for the wild flower garden where it may naturalize[
Young leaves and flower buds? - cooked[
]. This report was for Hemistepta lyrata, which is said in the same report to be a synonym for this species.
A fine yellow dye is obtained from the juice of the plant, it is very durable[
Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts.
Division in spring. 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.