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Herb to Know: Indigo

• Indigofera tinctoria, I. suffruticosa • (In-dih-GOFF-er-uh tink-TOR-ee-uh/ suh-froo-tih-KO-suh) • Family Leguminosae • Tender subshrubsIndigo, best known to Americans as the traditional colorant of blue jeans, has been esteemed and used for centuries throughout the world. Long before synthetic dyes became available, this blue pigment was being extracted from a variety of ...

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