1/2 g Indigo Dye Plant seeds, Indigofera tinctoria, India -cold
Medicinal plant with a long history of use in Asia. Seeds from India.
Once upon a time, all dyes were plant or mineral based.
Indigo thrives in tropical environments. Used as a dye plant since ancient times and is still popular today. Indican is extracted from leaves and undergoes a fermentation process to produce a brilliant blue dye. It is especially valuable as an eco-friendly alternative to synthetic dyes. Its value is certainly not limited to textile coloring.
Plants need a long growing season. Seeds can be germinated and kept in a cold frame for transplant in the spring. Locate in full sun or light shade. Drought tolerant. Ht 3-4ft.
Recent research has observed its profound antibacterial, antioxidant and cytotoxic effects.