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Traditional dye plant. The leaves, fermented, in the first year produce the blue colour that may once have been used as a face paint by warriors during battle, think Rob Roy. Nowadays it is used to dye fabrics and wool. It also has medicinal uses under the supervision of a herbalist. Wode has beautiful racemes of airy yellow flowers. It will flower in the second year and if allowed to run to seed you will have a lovely patch of woad in your garden to harvest the leaves from.
Keep well fed and watered in the first year. Plant in full sun or partial shade.
Bees and other pollinating insects benefit from woad being planted in your garden.
Height 90cm. Spread 90cm.