Wirndilk Merlemerle (Pink Butterfly)

Merlemerle – Butterfly

Wirndilk, haemodorum coccineum is a tropical grass growing in the well draining and sandy soil around the stony country. Commonly known as scarlet bloodroot, the bright red bulb can achieve shimmering red or rust dye tones.

The seeds of wirndilk can make a beautiful and bright purple-pink colour.

Wirndilk continues to be used women of Arnhem Land to dye pandanus for dilly bags and woven baskets.