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Rumex patientia - L.

Common Name Herb Patience
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness 5-10
Known Hazards Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Waste land in Britain[17].
Range Europe. Naturalized in a few places in Britain[17].
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rumex patientia Herb Patience


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Rumex patientia Herb Patience
Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Courtesy of Kentucky Native Plant Society.

 

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Summary

The hybrid Rumex patientia x tianschanicus (Hybrid sorrel) is a good Carbon Farming plant. Rumex patientia x tianschanicus. Staple Crop: balanced carb and Industrial Crop: biomass.


Physical Characteristics

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Rumex patientia is a PERENNIAL growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to July, and the seeds ripen in August. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Edible Uses

Leaves - raw or cooked[1, 2, 5, 37, 177]. Eaten like spinach or made into a delicious puree, they are often mixed with a quarter part of sorrel in order to add flavour to them[183]. A fairly mild flavour[183], they make an excellent vegetable[K]. The leaves are produced very early in the year[27]. Carbon Farming - The hybrid Rumex patientia x tianschanicus is a good staple crop: balanced carb.

Medicinal Uses

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The juice, and an infusion of the root, has been used as a poultice and salve in the treatment of various skin problems[257]. An infusion of the root has been used in the treatment of constipation[257]. The leaves have been rubbed in the mouth to treat sore throats[257].

Other Uses

Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[168].

Cultivation details

Experimental Crop;  Industrial Crop: Biomass;  Management: Coppice;  Management: Standard;  Staple Crop: Balanced carb.

A very easily grown plant, it succeeds in most soils, preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Formerly cultivated for its edible leaves[1, 2, 37, 50], these can be available in early February if the winter is mild[K]. An important food plant for the caterpillars of many species of butterfly[30].The hybrid Rumex patientia x tianschanicus (Hybrid sorrel) is a good Carbon Farming plant. Rumex patientia x tianschanicus cultivation: new crop. Management: standard, coppice. Staple Crop: balanced carb. Industrial Crop: biomass.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. Division in spring.

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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