We are so excited to be carrying Gypsywort seeds (Lycopus europaeus) from Grand Prismatic Seed!
Grand Prismatic says:
Beautifully fragrant member of the mint family. We are growing it as a dye plant, but would continue growing it for the delicious gin & tonic aroma it exudes! The roots are used to dye plant and animal fibers brown, grey, and black depending on the mordant. We’ve had good luck getting dark greys with an iron mordant.
Plant gypsywort seeds in early spring and make sure the soil stays moist until germination has occurred. They prefer cooler areas and more water than other plants. Slow to germinate.
Packet: approx. 100 seeds
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ABOUT THE FARMERS:
James Young and Guy Banner are the co-owners and farmers of Grand Prismatic Seed. They made a commitment to grow high quality open pollinated seeds. Their seeds can withstand the stresses associated with high desert crop production. Over time, they expect to release new vegetable varieties adapted to the Intermountain West. James has a passion for growing natural dye plants/seeds. He learned his seedy ways from Wild Garden Seed in Philomath, Oregon. Guy has an affinity for medicinal herbs and plants native to the Great Basin, Intermountain West, and Colorado Plateau. He has an extensive background. For instance, it includes ethnobotany and habitat restoration, agroecology, native seed production, and ornamental gardening.