A tall growing biennial with umbels of aromatic yellow flowers, the leaves of this herb yield a blue dye used long before indigo was introduced to this country; the illustrations in the Lindisfarne Gospels use woad dye.
- Dye herb
- Aromatic flowers
- Good for a wildlife garden
- Attracts pollinating insects
A very old dye herb, the Romans wrote about the blue painted wild natives they encountered. Under Queen Elizabeth I, laws were passed restricting the growing of woad close to dwellings due to the smell and total acreage grown was controlled due to food shortages. A tall growing herb with masses of yellow umbels in the second year, this is a fascinating plant to grow.
- Height: 100-150cm
- Type: Hardy
- Aspect: Sun
- Soil: Any/alkaline
- Flower colour: Yellow
- Flowering period: May – September in second year
Woad is a biennial herb and puts on leafy growth in the first year, before sending up tall graceful stems of yellow flowers in the second. It is happy in most soils and with a mixture of sun and shade. An easy herb to grow, the only thing to watch out for is slugs during the first spring as woad is becoming established and doesn’t have many leaves.
Herbs are usually dispatched between Mondays and Thursdays via a 24hr courier service, within 2-4 days of placing your order. Please note that at some points of the year during busy peaks it may take a little longer.
1 - 24 herbs - £5.60
25+ herbs - free delivery
Please note there are additional surcharges for delivery to some postcodes in the Scottish Highlands and Islands, Isle of Wight and Scilly Isles - this will be calculated at the checkout based on the delivery address postcode. Unfortunately due to Brexit we are unable to ship to Northern Island currently.
Our herbs are packaged securely in recycled and recyclable blister packs and then into cardboard boxes, to ensure your plants to arrive in the best possible condition.
Further information about delivery can be found on our Ordering & delivery information page.
All our herbs are grown on the nursery and are dispatched labelled with their plant name and basic growing instructions
Our aim is to provide our customers with top quality herbs and service. We have worked hard to find a robust packing and delivery system that ensures your plants arrive at your door in the best condition.
We would ask that you check your herbs carefully when they arrive and report any problems to us either by phone or email within 48 hours so that we can rectify it. We may ask that you send us a photo.
We cannot accept responsibility for plants that have not been cared for or had unsuitable care.
Once an order has been placed you have the right to cancel your order up to the day of dispatch. As herbs are a perishable item we cannot accept returns in exchange for a refund.