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Broad-leaved Dock

Rumex obtusifolius

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Type:
Flower
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC

Flower:
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Green, 6 petals
 
Triangular to oblong tepals. Growing in loose green spikes that are leafy at their base. Flowers and whole plant turning rusty red by Autumn.
Fruit:
A 3-winged triangular fruit with 3 to 5 teeth on the upper part and a round, swollen wart.
Leaves:
Large, oblong, cabbage-like. The basal leaves are broad and heart-shaped with wavy margins.
Maximum Size:
1 metre tall
Foraging Notes:
The leaves and stems are all edible. The seeds can be eaten raw. The leaves are normally cooked. Bitter-tasting. The leaves may cause dermatitis with some individuals.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Bitter Dock, Blunt-leaf Dock, Butter Dock, Butter Dock, Celery Seed, Common Dock, Common Wayside Dock, Cushy-cows, Dock Leaf, Kettle Dock, Red-veined Dock, Round-leaved Dock, Smair Dock, Sour Dock, Yellow Dock.
Frequency (UK):
Abundant
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.