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Product Name: DYERS BROOM C/S

Botanic Name: Genista Tinctoria


Genista is a genus of legumes which includes many species of broom. Many of these brooms are notorious as noxious weeds.

All parts of the plant, but especially the flowering tops, yield a good yellow dye, and from the earliest times have been used by dyers for producing this colour, especially for wool; combined with woad, an excellent green is yielded, the colour being fixed with alum, cream of tartar and sulphate of lime. In some parts of England, the plant used to be collected in large quantities by the poor and sold to the dyers.

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