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1. The dried and powdered root of Rubia tinctorum (family Rubiaceae); it contains several glycosides that produce the red dyes alizarin and purpurin on fermentation. When madder (or alizarin) is fed to young animals, the calcium in newly deposited bone salt, hydroxyapatite, is stained red.
2. Any dye obtained from plants of the madder family (Rubiaceae).
Synonym(s): Turkey red
[A.S. maedere]


Root of the plant Rubia tinctorum, a source of the red dye alizarin.

madder (maˑ·dr),

n Latin name:
Rubia tinctorum; part used: roots; uses: kidney stones, paralysis, menstrual problems, jaundice; precautions: pregnancy, lactation, children; possible hepatotoxicity. Also called
dyer's madder, garance, krapp, madder root, or
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Northern Bedstraw Galium boreale grows as a tall groundcover 20-50 cm tall (8"-20").
circaezans; Forest bedstraw, smooth wild licorice, licorice bedstraw; Upland woods around buildings; Abundant in this area; C = 7; BSUH 17313.
If you have an ailment, a group of historically used herbs to suit your needs might consist of: yarrow, oxknee, sweet flag, calamus, snow on the mountain, hyssop, lady's mantel, garden chive, marsh mallow, lemon verbena, chamomile, American arnica, mugwort, French tarragon, pleurisy root, New England aster, false indigo, wild indigo, calendula, German chamomile, costmary, black cohosh, coneflower, rattlesnake master, hemp agrimony, Joe pye weed, Queen of the Meadow, bronze fennel, sweet woodruff, lady bedstraw, bigfoot geranium, ginkgo tree, Russian licorice, Japanese blood grass, chameleon plant, St.
I've made several evening trips to the sands of Tor Bay and nearby Nicholaston, where the tide races towards green hills and dune systems rich with the likes of lady's bedstraw, sea bindweed and viper's bugloss.
Cleavers, Annual Bedstraw, Sticky Willy; Floodplain woods and roadside fields; Abundant; C = 1; BSUH 17694.
The meadow consisted primarily of bedstraw (Galium verum), honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), several grasses (Festuca and Poa spp.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust manages this reserve, which provides a habitat to flora such as lady's bedstraw and restharrow.
Flowers like the cowslip, meadow cranesbill, common spotted orchid and lady's bedstraw grow on special kinds of grassland which are often threatened by new building, road developments and grass cutting.
In a medium to moist flower bed or prairie meadow it can be combined with Northern Bedstraw, Culver's Root, Joe Pye, New England Aster and Tufted Hairgrass.
Dry open spots, particularly on chalk or lime, are ideal for the pasque flower (Pulsatilla vulgaris), cowslip (primula veris), ladies bedstraw (Galium verum), milkwort (Polygala vulgaris), bird's foot trefoil (Lotus corniculatus) and harebell (Campanula rotundifolia).
But it's better, in my opinion, to grow a patch of Lady's Bedstraw, a wild flower that these pests love to migrate onto in summer.
April in 1986 was a windy, warm, and droughty month and many annuals such as tropical sage and catchweed bedstraw (Galium aparine) disappeared, and perennials such as pigeon-berry and mist-flower wilted.