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Serratula tinctoria - L.

Common Name Saw-Wort, Dyer's plumeless saw-wort
Family Asteraceae or Compositae
USDA hardiness 5-9
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Wood margins, clearings, rides and open grasslands on moist basic soils over limestone or chalk[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, south and east from Scandanavia to N. Spain, Balkans and Siberia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Serratula tinctoria Saw-Wort, Dyer


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Serratula tinctoria Saw-Wort, Dyer
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Serratula tinctoria is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6. It is in flower from July to September, and the seeds ripen from August to September. The species is dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required). and is pollinated by Flies, bees. The plant is not self-fertile.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils and can grow in very alkaline soils.
It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Hemistepta lyrata

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Shady Edge; Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves.
Edible Uses:

Young leaves and flower buds? - cooked[105]. This report was for Hemistepta lyrata, which is said in the same report to be a synonym for this species.

Medicinal Uses



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Astringent;  Vulnerary.

Astringent, vulnerary[61].

Other Uses

Dye.

A fine yellow dye is obtained from the juice of the plant, it is very durable[1, 61, 100, 115].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any well drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Suitable for the wild flower garden where it may naturalize[200].

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Make sure the compost does not dry out. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in early summer if they have grown sufficiently. Otherwise, grow them on in the greenhouse or cold frame for their first winter and plant them out the following year after the last expected frosts. Division in spring. Larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found it best to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in a cold frame, planting them out once they are well established in the summer.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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