Persicaria tinctoria

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Persicaria tinctoria
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Persicaria
P. tinctoria
Binomial name
Persicaria tinctoria
(Aiton) Spach 1841
  • Polygonum tinctorium Aiton 1789
  • Ampelygonum tinctorium (Aiton) Steud.
  • Persicaria tinctoria (Aiton) H. Gross
  • Pogalis tinctoria (Aiton) Raf.

Persicaria tinctoria is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family. Common names include Chinese indigo, Japanese indigo and dyer's knotweed.[2][3][4] It is native to Eastern Europe and Asia.

The leaves are a source of indigo dye. It was already in use in the Western Zhou period (c. 1045–771 B.C.), and was the most important blue dye in East Asia until the arrival of Indigofera from the south.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Persicaria tinctoria. The Plant List.
  2. ^ Japanese Indigo Polygonum tinctorium also called: Persicaria tinctoria
  3. ^ An Impartation of Color: Japanese Indigo (Polygonum tinctorium) – leaves
  4. ^ "Dye seeds Japanese indigo, Polygonum tinctorium". Archived from the original on 2023-06-05. Retrieved 2023-08-23. [...] Japanese indigo or dyer's knotweed is a plant that contains indigo precursors in the green leaves.