Sherardia arvensis

Field madder                                                                                        Προβατόχορτο

Rubiaceae - bedstraw family                                                              Dicot.


Field madder (Sherardia arvensis) is a common weed found in grassland throughout Europe and Western Asia. It is easily identified: whorls of narrow pointed leaves are arranged at intervals along the brittle, green stem. Flowers are in clusters surrounded by green bracts.

The term madder refers to its use as a dye. It is sometimes called blue madder, though the flowers are pink and the dye produced from the roots is rosy-red. It is considered to be inferior as a dye to many other natural pigments.

The plant is monotypic meaning it is the only member of the genus Sherardia.

Sherardia after the English botanist Sherard

arvensis - botanical Latin for field

3-4m,1-3cm,  20-40cm,W                                                                   JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC

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