Rubia cordifolia Indian Madder

Meet (and possibly buy) some uncommon dyeplants

A post by Susan

  • Curious about about growing Indian madder (Rubia cordifolia)?
    (see above)


  • Do you hanker after a murasaki plant whose roots dye purple?

    Murasaki plant in flower

    Murasaki plant Lithospermum erythrorhizon

  • Having trouble sourcing Wild Madder or Dyer’s Woodruff?

    Wild Madder

    Wild Madder (Rubia peregrina)

  • Wondering what size hedge bedstraw is when mature?

    Hedge Bedstraw flowers

    Hedge bedstraw flowering

  • Struggled to grow Japanese Indigo this season and want plants?

    Japanese Indigo seedlings

    Japanese Indigo Seedlings (Moruba)

If so, come and take a tour of the Nature’s Rainbow Dye Garden next Sunday 11th July 2021. Two hour visits in groups of no more than six people, £10 entry which includes £3 voucher for dye plants or seeds bought on the day.

We have some common and less common dye plants to share with fellow enthusiasts.

NaturesRainbow Dye Garden Plant List 2021.

You can enjoy a great nerdy natter with us about the plants, while supporting an invaluable local charity. The Triangle Community Garden runs learning disability projects: Growing Ability, Growing Gang and Growing Health, providing social therapeutic horticulture, work experience, and active healthy living support for their members.

Hitchin is roughly half way between London and Cambridge. The dye garden is five minutes’ walk from Hitchin Rail Station, which is 30-45 minutes from London Kings Cross or St Pancras and easily accessible from the A1(M) and M1.

Covid precautions include timed entry, maximum of six people to allow social distancing at all times.  Outdoor covered classroom provides refuge in the event of inclement weather. Toilets available.

Buy tickets from our shop here:

10am – 12 noon tour

1pm – 3pm tour

4pm – 6pm tour

Hope to see you soon.

Murasaki plant in flower

Murasaki plant Lithospermum erythrorhizon

4 thoughts on “Meet (and possibly buy) some uncommon dyeplants

  1. susan dye Post author

    Hi Ruth
    We don’t have any seeds as the plant only tries to flower when the winter has started. However we are considering selling plants but as yet have not got that organised. Selling via post is not something we feel confident doing at the moment so it will be best to pick up from here when we get it sorted. If you have not already done so please sign up to our newsletter where we will have news of when plants will be available.

  2. Ruth Morgan

    I am in Vauxhall and wondering if there’s any way I can buy seeds or plants of rubia cordifolia ?
    Thank you very much
    Yrs Ruth

  3. susan dye Post author

    Many thanks for the kind words Jenny. Selling plants mailorder is a bit daunting, but if we do decide to take the plunge we’ll be sure to let you know!

  4. Jenny Dean

    For anyone who is able to get to the Natures Rainbow dye garden and to take advantage of all the knowledge and experience Susan and Ashley have to share, this is a fantastic opportunity. If only l was more mobile and able to travel, l would be there in a heartbeat. If you ever consider offering plants by mail order, please let me know!

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