Leaves have a blue-green color, with a whitish vein on the upper surface of the blade. The yellow flowers are bee magnets. Grows to over five feet in height. Tap root can be five feet deep or more, making it hard to pull out. The seed pods are similar to tiny pea pods when opened, except there is just one seed per pod. When completely dry, the seeds turn deep purple.
Indigowoad leaves are used to dye yarn, oganic fabrics and to produce inks (once used by ancient Celts as a body-paint). Woad is biodegradable and safe in the environment, unlike many synthetic inks. When lifted up from the dye bath the garment is yellow, when it reacts with the oxygen it first turns green and then blue. It’s pure magic!
Woad is and aniceptic and a traditional Chinese medicine herb; The root is dried, then processed into granules, which are most commonly consumed dissolved in hot water or tea.