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Serratula tinctoria
Serratula tinctoria.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Tribe: Cynareae
Genus: Serratula
Species: S. tinctoria
Binomial name
Serratula tinctoria
Serratula tinctoria - MHNT

Serratula tinctoria, commonly known as saw-wort, is a species in the genus Serratula. It is a native of Europe and a thistle like flower head. It grows in moist soil, full sun to part shade,[1] and grows up to one metre tall.

This is an introduced plant in a small area of the northeastern United States, where it is called the Dyer's plumeless saw-wort.[2]

Flowers of Serratula tinctoria
Leaf of Serratula tinctoria


S. tinctoria is the source of a yellow dye.[1] As a herbal preparation, the plant is thought to mend ruptures and wounds.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Serratula tinctoria". Plants For A Future. 
  2. ^ "Serratula tinctoria". USDA PLANTS. 
  3. ^ Wild Flowers of Britain and Ireland by Rae Spencer-Jones and Sarah Cuttle,page 202,published 2005, ISBN 1 85626 503 X

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