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Rubia tinctorum L.
Colors Obtained
Purple, Crimson, Apricot Color, Red-brown, Vermilion
Dye Ingredients
Alizarin, pseudopurpurin
In the course of hundreds of years of cultivation, the most important dye plant for red was brought to North Africa and Europe . The English or Portuguese then brought it to India . Despite its long cultivation, new species have not been developed. The cultivated madder is identical to the wild species that grow where it is endemic. Madder is still - or again - being cultivated in a few projects in Europe and Turkey . The European Union is supporting trial projects.