Rhubarb (Rheum spp.)

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Rhubarb is not only a great peren­nial food crop, it can also help to fix dyes pro­duced from other plant sources and cre­ate its own dyes. The roots pro­duce shades of yel­low and orange; the leaves pro­duce a yel­low colour. Har­vest the roots for dye­ing when di­vid­ing a plant. Use chopped roots, ei­ther fresh or dried. Leaves can be har­vested at any time for use as a mor­dant for other nat­u­ral dye ma­te­ri­als or to pro­duce their own colour. Rhubarb re­quires very lit­tle ef­fort to grow, as these plants thrive on ne­glect.

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