Organic Hopi Black Dye Sunflower Seeds

$5.50

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Description

Helianthus annuus macrocarpus

This sunflower makes a ginormous bright yellow flower and the seed head is crammed with purple-black seeds. These native sunflowers are happiest in sun with well-amended soil and plenty of water. Direct sow only, 1” deep, 12” apart, after the last frost has passed. If they grow as huge as ours did, you will probably need to stake them, and share a few of the smaller heads with the birds when the weather turns cool. Once harvested from the sunflower, the seeds will yield the best, earthy purples and grays with amendments, such as iron to darken the shade. Each packet contains about 75 seeds. Pollinator friendly!

Native Seed Search has a terrific information sheet about the cultural uses of this dye for traditional Hopi basketry and textiles.  

bedhead fiber says:

These native sunflowers are happiest in sun. Direct sow only, 1” deep, 12” apart, after the last frost has passed. Once harvested from the sunflower, the seeds will yield the best, earthy purples and grays with additions such as iron to darken the shade. Each packet contains about 75 seeds. Pollinator friendly!

All bedhead fiber seeds have been sourced from farms within the US and are non-GMO.

Photos by Kristina Moravec. Contact bedhead fiber to arrange usage terms.

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