Chamomile dye

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Chamomile flowers


A yellow dye obtained from perennial herbs such as chamomile (Anthemis nobilis), corn chamomile (Anthemis arvensis), or dyer's chamomile (Anthemis tinctoria) that are native to Europe. Chamomile has been grown in gardens since medieval times as ground cover between stones in a walking path. The dried flowers, obtained from the plants or teabags, are used to produce a buff color on Wool with an aluminum mordant and a golden color on wool with a chrome mordant.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Anthemis nobilis (chamomile), Anthemis arvensis (corn chamomile); Anthemis tinctoria (dyer's chamomile, yellow chamomile, golden chamomile, or golden marguerite); CI 75580; Natural Yellow 1; camomila (Esp., Port.); manzanilla (Esp.); camomilla (It.); apigenin; camomile

Physical and Chemical Properties

Composition C15H10O5
CAS 520-36-5

Resources and Citations

  • R.J. Adrosko, Natural Dyes in the United States, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, DC, 1968
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