Asperula tinctoria

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dyer's woodruff
Marzanka barwierska - Asperula tinctoria 01.jpg
Asperula tinctoria in flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Gentianales
Family: Rubiaceae
Genus: Asperula
Species: A. tinctoria
Binomial name
Asperula tinctoria
  • Galium tinctorium (L.) Scop.
  • Asterophyllum tinctorium (L.) Schimp. & Spenn. in F.C.L.Spenner
  • Cynanchica tinctoria (L.) Fourr.
  • Galium triandrum Hyl.

Asperula tinctoria, common name dyer's woodruff,[2] is a plant in the family Rubiaceae, a native of much of northern and central Europe from France to Russia and also of Western Siberia.[1][3][4][5][6]


The root is used by the ancient Greeks and Romans to make a red dye for clothing, but is less productive than the more widely used madder Rubia tinctorum.[7]


  1. ^ a b Kew World Checklist for Selected Plant Families, Asperula tinctoria
  2. ^ NaturGate (Helsinki Finland), Dyers Woodruff
  3. ^ Linnaeus, Carl von. 1753. Species Plantarum 1: 104. Asperula tinctoria
  4. ^ Hylander, Nils. 1945. Uppsala Universitets Arsskrift 7: 298, Galium triandrum
  5. ^ Soó von Bere, Károly Rezsö. 1974. Repertorium Specierum Novarum Regni Vegetabilis 85: 435, Asperula tinctoria subsp. hungarorum
  6. ^ Jávorka, Sándor. 1925. Magyar Flóra 1037, Asperula hungarorum
  7. ^ Bailey, L.H. & E.Z. Bailey. 1976. Hortus Third i–xiv, 1–1290. MacMillan, New York.

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