Dye Plants, Red and Orange
Dye Plants, Red and Orange
Dye Plants, Red and Orange
Dye Plants, Red and Orange
Dye Plants, Red and Orange
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Dye Plants, Red and Orange

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These plants are selected for their ability to make natural dyes but many also produce beautiful flowers or provide habitat for pollinators. They can be grown as part of your regular garden or you can create your own dye garden! Many of these plants are rare and very hard to find. 

We are partnering with Maddy Bartsch who farms a wide variety of dye plants at Get Bentz Farm in Northfield to offer these plants. Maddy has been growing and teaching about plant-based dyes since 2016 first in windowsills and community gardens and now on a larger scale at Get Bentz Farm. For Maddy, growing local color is their way of contributing to the creation of a thriving decentralized textile economy not dependent on petroleum based products.

Each plant is in a 2.5" pot. The plants will be available starting Friday, May 10th for pickup at the farm. We are sorry but we are unable to ship plants.

Tango Cosmos (Cosmos sulphureus)

Dye source: flowers; Colors: orange

Spacing needs: 10” - 12”, Light needs: full sun, Perennial or annual: annual 

Description: Pollinator friendly. Great for direct printing onto textiles. Self seeds easily. Height: 4’. Flowers start in summer and can be deadheaded to encourage the plants to keep flowering until first frost. Can handle drier areas once established.

Dyer's Coreopsis (Coreopsis tinctoria)

Dye source: flowers, stems and leaves, Colors: rusty orange, yellows from stems and leaves. 

Spacing needs: 12” - 18”, Light needs: full sun, Perennial or annual: annual 

Description: Take care with sensitive roots when transplanting. Native, pollinator friendly flower. Very pigmented. Great for direct printing onto textiles. Self seeds easily. Height: 2’ - 3’. Bloom time: flowers start in summer and can be deadheaded to encourage the plants to keep flowering. Roots are shallow so water frequently.

Greenthread (Thelesperma filifolium)

Dye source: flowers and entire plant, Colors: oranges to yellows

Spacing needs: 15” - 24”, Light needs: full sun, Perennial or annual: perennial

Description: Commonly known as Navajo Tea. Pollinator friendly wildflower. Height: 10” - 3’. Blooms begin in summer. If using for tea, harvest when the plant is young leaving behind about 2” so it can regrow. For dyeing, harvest at any point in the growing season making sure to leave 2” behind for regrowth. Can handle drier areas once established.

Madder (Rubia tinctorum)

Dye source: roots; Colors: turkish red, reds

Spacing needs: 1’, Light needs: full sun to partial shade, Perennial that overwinters well, mulch in late fall. 

Description: Light and color fast dye. Has prickly hairs that can cause skin irrigation, so wear gloves when weeding around them. Keep an eye out for humming-bird hawk-moth caterpillars which like to eat madder leaves. Ground cover plant that can grow up to 3’, likes to vine/climb. It takes 2+ years to mature before the first root harvest can be made. Will flower in summer and go to seed in fall.