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Dye Plant Seeds

Early on, people used herbal colours from nature for dyeing and colouring clothes, skin, hair and dwellings. Some plants already start to rub off when touched, so it is not surprising at all that people came up with the idea of using plants, herbal powders, extracts and concentrates for dyeing.
Mullein (Verbascum densiflorum)
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Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
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Broad-leaved thyme (Thymus pulegioides)
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Yauhtli, Mexican Tarragon (Tagetes lucida)
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Common rue (Ruta graveolens)
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Shiso (Perilla frutescens)
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Syrian Rue, Esfand (Peganum harmala)
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Sweet Marjoram (Origanum majorana)
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Medlar (Mespilus germanica)
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Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla)
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Crabapple (Malus sylvestris)
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St John's Wort (Hypericum perforatum)
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Globe artichoke (Cynara scolymus)
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Good King Henry (Chenopodium bonus-henricus)
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Strawberry spinach (Blitum capitatum)
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Red Beetroot 'Crapaudine' (Beta vulgaris)
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Red Orach (Atriplex hortensis)
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Red onion 'Red brunswick' (Allium cepa)
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Jack-by-the-hedge (Alliaria petiolata)
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Black hollyhock (Alcea rosea var. nigra)
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Well known plants for dyeing fabrics are woad plant, madder and indigo. But also in a common vegetable garden, there are cabbage, beetroot and red orache which are also utilized for colouring food and drinks. Many fruit teas get their red colour through red mallow, for example.