close up of the flower
a bush along the roads in Lo de Marcos, Nayarit, Mexico
I have been wandering the roads of Lo de Marcos, my winter home in Nayarit, Mexico in search of dye plants. I came across this plant which has a flower resembling the coreopsis plant. I picked a few blossoms and added hot water and watched a gorgeous orange colour develop. Later I placed a small amount of wool, unmordanted, into the dye water and left in the sun for a few hours. Had a lovely golden yellow develop. Now I am wondering if it is related to the coreopsis family and whether it is lightfast and washfast. Any ideas or thoughts?