Woodwax or Dyer's Greenweed (Genista tinctoria) (mentioned in "Alice Doane's Appeal" Photo copyright Henriette Kress

Gov. John Endicott brought Woodwax (or Dyer’s Greenweed) to New England in 1628. The English colonists wanted the yellow-flowering plant to dye wool and flax. It soon became an invasive, alien weed, covering the meadows and hills of the Salem area. It can be found today growing in Salem Woods.
(courtesy Henriette's Herbal Home Page, Henriette Kress,http://www.ibiblio.org/herbmed ) close window
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