Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria
Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria

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Madder Seeds - rubia tinctoria

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Grow your own dye garden!

Madder, rubia tinctoria

The roots of the madder plant are a potent source of red and orange dye, going back to ancient times.  A perennial with star shaped leaves, square stems, small yellow flowers and a black berry.  But it is the red, pencil thin roots which provide the dye.  Produces the most dye if roots are not harvested until the third season.  Once established, it grows well and spreads quickly.

Begin indoors 6 weeks before last frost, and keep very warm (70F).  Can take 2 weeks to germinate.  Transplant 12” apart in warm soil and cover with mulch.


Tender perennial

Zones 5-10

When to sow: early spring through early fall

Ease of germination: good

Family: Madder (Rubiaceae)

Colourfastness: Excellent


This listing is for a packet of seeds containing 10 seeds.


We have limited quantities of madder this year, so it is not included in our dye garden seed bundle.