Woad is native to the Mediterranean,
originating in Turkey and the Middle East,
from where it spread into Europe.
Blue-coloured bast fibre,
presumed to be linen or hemp dyed with woad,
was found in the French cave of l’Adaouste,
and are what one wants to use for dye.
Second year plants flower
and a few are saved for seeds only.
As early as the Neolithic, 5 to 10,000 years ago,
woad seeds were stored for future use.
It is the birthday of William Butler Yeats who died
in 1939. A few weeks before he died, he wrote:
"Man can embody truth but he cannot know it."