Asperula banatica Holub
Asperula ciliata Rochel
Asperula hungarorum Borbás
Asperula palustris Ten
Asperula triandra Gilib.
Asterophyllum tinctorium (L.) Schimp. & Spenn.
Cynanchica tinctoria (L.) Fourr.
Galium ciliatum F.Herm.
Galium tinctorium (L.) Scop.
Galium triandrum Hyl.
Galium triandrum Roem. & Schult.
Common Name: Dyer's Woodruff
Close-up of the flowers
Photograph by: Nova
Asperula tinctoria is a herbaceous perennial plant growing up to 80cm tall from a creeping rootstock. The plant sends up a cluster of branched or unbranched stems that can be erect ot prostrate[
The plant is the source of a good quality red dye that is little used at present because it has been superseded by synthetics.
Eurasia - Norway to France and possibly Spain, east to Bulgaria, Ukraine and western Siberia
]. Meadows and rocky places[
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Succeeds in almost any soil, including dry ones[
]. Prefers a well-drained moisture retentive soil in sun or semi-shade[
A red dye is obtained from the roots[
Seed - sow spring to early summer in a light position in a cold frame[
]. 2 weeks pre-chilling improves the germination rate[
]. The seed usually germinates in 1 month at 10°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring or early summer[
Basal cuttings of soft young shoots in early summer[