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Common Name: Field Madder
Sherardia arvensis is an annual plant that can grow up to 0.30 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a source of materials.
Most of Europe, including Britain, to the Mediterranean.
Bare and cultivated ground, arable fields and waste places throughout Britain, ascending to 350 metres in Scotland[
Succeeds in a sunny position in most soils, and does well in hot dry positions where it frequently self-sows[
]. This species can often become a weed in lawns[
Plants often produce both hermaphrodite and either male or female flowers[
A red or rose dye can be obtained from the plant[
Seed - sow spring in situ.