Indian cucumber

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A natural purple dye obtained from the berries of the Indian cucumber root plant, Medeola virginian. The berries of the Indian cucumber ripen to a deep purple color. They can be used to dye cloth to varying shades of purple and brown depending on the mordants.

Synonyms and Related Terms

Medeola virginian

Sources Checked for Data in Record

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