Woad (Isatis tinctoria)

Woad (Isatis tinctoria)

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Credit: COLIN CUTHBERT/DILSTON PHYSIC GARDEN/ SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Woad flowers (Isatis tinctoria). Historically, this plant was cultivated for the production of a blue dye. In herbal medicine it is used externally to treat ulcers and inflammations. Woad has also been found to be a rich source of glucobrassicin, a chemical thought to be effective against breast cancer. Photographed at the Dilston Physic Garden, Northumberland, UK.

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