I am trying to gauge the likelihood of being able to forage (responsibly and sustainably) for this plant here on the island. It goes by the name of Rubia Tinctorum but is more commonly known as rose madder or common madder.
After researching it, the island seems to have ideal growing conditions for some flourishing patches. It's an evergreen perennial that loves loamy soils. Its root makes a beautiful red dye bath that has been used for ages.Unfortunately, it would take me at least the next three years to grow a harvest of my own. So I figured I would reach out to see if anyone may know of any healthy stands around the area.
Any tips would be appreciated!
Sadly madder is not wild in these parts (but maybe somewhere else in the NW?? I’ve never seen it but maybe someone has!) so no luck in that area. It’s such a cool plant! BUT, it has a very close relative, cleavers / bedstraw that you.... Read all