[Fwd: Crocosmia aurea]
- Of interest?
> Pam Peirce (p.k.peirce@...) added the comment:--
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> I have been researching this plant for a book. I know the general texts
> on economic botany say it is used as a dye and a saffron substitute, but
> I can find no evidence of its use as a saffron substitute. I know that
> the man who named it (Planchon) gave it its name because the dried
> flowers, soaked in water, smelled like saffron, but I can find no
> evidence that anyone ever used it for this purpose. Without more
> evidence, I have to assume that this use was suggested by the smell,
> but never became common.
> I did find one business in England that sells plants for dyers to grow
> as dye sources who sells this plant as a dye plant and says it has been
> used to dye silk.
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