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  • Richard Morris
    Of interest? ... -- Plants for a Future: 7000 useful plants Web: http://www.pfaf.org/ := http://www.comp.leeds.ac.uk/pfaf/ Snail: Blagdon Cross,
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 23 5:06 AM
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      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.
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      > 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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