This one is Lady's Bedstraw. It is a wild flower in Britain and so it should do well here. In the past the dried plants were used to stuff mattresses. It smells like sweet hay and is supposed to encourage sleep and deter fleas.The flowers were also used to coagulate milk in cheese manufacture and, in Gloucestershire, to color the cheese Double Gloucester. The leaves and roots are used to make yellow (leaves) and red (roots) dyes. It is tall and beautiful as a plant, and multi use as a dye stuff so it made the cut.
Are there other plants that you would particularly recommend? For either interesting names, good colors, or ease of growth in Maine's short summers? Also if any of my reader's have experience with natural dyeing and want to chip in with some wise advice please do so. I think I'm going to be able to use all the help I can get.