(Core­op­sis tinc­to­ria)

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Core­op­sis can pro­vide dyes in ma­roon, brown, orange and deep yel­low. Sow seeds in late win­ter and trans­plant when around 5cm tall. Plant in a sunny spot. The flow­ers, which are used for dye­ing, will start to ap­pear 10-12 weeks later. Acids added to the dye will bring out yel­lows, while al­ka­line ad­di­tions will bring out deeper red­dish hues.

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