Dyers Rocket

(Reseda luteola) This plant has been cultivated for its dye from Neolithic times; it is very often represented in Swiss Neolithic remains (J G D Clark). It is one of the oldest known dyes, and was mentioned by Caesar as being used by the Gauls (Brill), and it was a secondary crop in Cotswold country. Being often biennial, it was often grown with barley as a "catch-crop". "Some ... commend it against the punctures and bites of venomous creatures, not only outwardly applied to the wound, but also taken inwardly in drinke. Also it is commended against infection of the plague ." (Gerard).

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