Plants of Many Colors!

Here are some of the common dye plants grown at Barbolian Fields.

Common Name

Scientific Name

Parts Used

How Used

Colors

Black-Eyed Susan, ConeflowerRudbeckia fulgidaleaves & stems; flowersfresh, dried, frozenLeaves & stems give golds, oranges, olives; flowers give olive-brownish greens
Bronze FennelFoeniculum vulgarewhole shootsfreshyellow to greenish-brown
ComfreySymphytum spp.leavesfresh or driedgreens to browns
Coreopsis C. grandiflora & C. lanceolatawhole plant topsfresh, dried, frozenyellow, tan gold, orange, rust, brown
DahliaDahlia hybridsflowers: all colors except whitefresh or frozenyellow, golds, oranges
Dyer’s Chamomile, Golden MargueriteAnthemis tinctorialeaves, flowersfresh, driedLeaves give olive and light greens. Flowers give yellows and oranges
Dyer’s CoreopsisCoreopsis tinctoriatops: stems, leaves, flowersfresh, dried, frozenyellow, tan, gold, orange, red, brown
ElderberrySambucus spp.leaves, bark, berriesbest fresh; also driedLeaves yield yellows-greens; barks give creamy beiges; berries give shades of purple, but not fast
GoldenrodSolidago spp.leafy shoots in early summer; flowers laterbest fresh; also driedbright yellows & golds to tans & brassy oranges; greens
HollyhocksAlcea roseaflowersfresh (can be stored in fridge until get enough)Pale colors give yellows, golds, browns. Dark colors give lilacs, purples, mauves, gray-green, browns
Lady’s BedstrawGalium verumflowers & rootsfresh or driedTops give yellows, oranges, yellow-green, khaki; roots give coral-reds, salmon pinks, dark browns
MadderRubia tinctorumrootsfresh or driedreds
Mahonia / Oregon GrapeMahonia japonicaleaves, bark, berriesfresh or driedBark gives greenish to brown colors; leaves give yellow; berries give lilacs
MarigoldTagetes erecta, T. patula, hybridsleaves & flowersfresh, dried, frozenyellows, golds, oranges, tans, olive greens
MarjoramOriganum majoranatopsfresh or driedyellows, golds, oranges, browns, gray
NettlesUrtica dioicaleaves & topsbest fresh; also driedyellow-greens, dark grens, to tans
RhubarbRheum spp.leaves & rootsfresh is best but also driedLeaves give golds to greens; roots give yellows to mustards, oranges, & coral reds
SaffowerCarthamus tinctoriusflowersfresh or driedyellows, mustards, reds
St. John’s WortHypericum perforatumflowersfreshWide variety of colors from greens to golds to reds, depending on treatment.
SunflowersHelianthus annuuswhole flower heads & seeds on some varietiesfreshGreenish gold, tan, greens. Seeds can give dark blues, blacks, purples.
WeldReseda luteolanew leaves and flower stalksfresh or driedyellows, greenish-yellows, golds, tans, browns, deep olive
WillowSalix sp.bark, leafy stemsfreshpinkish-tan, yellow, gray, golds, light brown, olive
WoadIsatis tinctorialeaves from 1st year rosettes; seedsfresh leaves are best; can also be driedBlues! Seeds give mauve to pale greens, tans
YarrowAchillea millefoliumleaves & topsfresh or driedyellows, olive greens, tans
Yellow BedstrawGalium verumleaves, flowers, rootsfreshLeaves & flowers give yellows; roots (fresh or dried) give corals, reds, brick

Dye plants have been my passion for many years. I first started learning to spin wool in 1977. I started raising angora rabbits, Samoyed dogs, and llamas to support my habit. Then I started exploring natural plants to provide some variations in color. I only dye with what I can grow or sustainably wildcraft (I’m not using insects, for example). We will be adding more information on dyeing with plants in the coming year. Recently, I have also been playing around with foraged mushrooms and experimenting with eco-dyeing techniques, which is rather exciting. More on all of this in pages to come!

Availability:

Availability of dye plants varies from year to year, depending on weather and other factors, but this is a list of the main ones we grow. Please contact us if you are interested.

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