Saw-wort

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This article is about Serratula tinctoria. For other plants known as saw-wort, see Saussurea.
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
L.
Serratula tinctoria - MHNT

Serratula tinctoria, commonly known as dyer's plumeless saw-wort[1] or 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,[2] 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.[3]

Flowers of Serratula tinctoria
Leaf of Serratula tinctoria

Uses[edit]

Serratula tinctoria is the source of a yellow dye.[2] As a herbal preparation, the plant is thought to mend ruptures and wounds.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Serratula tinctoria". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 10 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Serratula tinctoria". Plants For A Future. 
  3. ^ "Serratula tinctoria". USDA PLANTS. 
  4. ^ 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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