What Shrub Produces a Red Dye?

Madder (Rubia tinctorum) is a sprawling perennial shrub that produces a red dye. Prior to World War II the rhizomes of the madder were commonly harvested in Europe to produce cotton dye. In more recent times, however, the use of synthetic dye has become the more popular choice.

Keywords: madder red, red dye, rubia tinctorum

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Kate Hornsby has been a professional pet sitter for a number of years and a small business owner for over twenty. She is the current Atlanta Pets Examiner and has written several articles on pet care and operating a small business. Hornsby attended the Academy of Art online, studying Interior Architecture and Design while pursuing commercial flight training at Aviation Atlanta in Georgia.