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Rumex sanguineus - L.

Common Name Red-Veined Dock, Redvein dock, Sorrel, Bloody Dock
Family Polygonaceae
USDA hardiness 6-8
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 ground, grassy places and in woods, avoiding acid soils[17].
Range Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, the Caucasus, and C. Asia.
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Weed Potential No
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Care
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Rumex sanguineus Red-Veined Dock, Redvein dock, Sorrel,  Bloody Dock


Rumex sanguineus Red-Veined Dock, Redvein dock, Sorrel,  Bloody Dock
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. 3 vols. Charles Scribner's Sons, New York. Vol. 1

 

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Summary

Bloom Color: Red. Main Bloom Time: Late summer, Mid summer. Form: Rounded.


Physical Characteristics

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Rumex sanguineus is a PERENNIAL growing to 1 m (3ft 3in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 6 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from June to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Wind.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil 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.

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Synonyms

R. condylodes. R. nemerosus.

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade; Meadow;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Leaves
Edible Uses:

Young leaves - raw or cooked[2, 200]. A spinach substitute[105, 183]. A fairly mild flavour when young, they make a very acceptable spinach at this time and can also be added in moderation to mixed salads[K]. The leaves soon become bitter with age[K].

Medicinal Uses

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Astringent  Skin

The root is astringent[4]. An infusion is useful in the treatment of bleeding[4]. The root is harvested in early spring and dried for later use[4]. A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of several skin diseases[4].

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Other Uses

Dye

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

Landscape Uses:Border, Container, Specimen. A very easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Plants usually self-sow freely in the garden[K]. Of some value in the flower border or kitchen garden for its ornamental edible leaves[200]. Special Features: Attractive foliage, Edible, Not North American native, Suitable for dried flowers, Inconspicuous flowers or blooms.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in situ. Division in spring.

Other Names

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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