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Triangular to oblong tepals. Growing in loose green spikes that are leafy at their base. Flowers and whole plant turning rusty red by Autumn.
A 3-winged triangular fruit with 3 to 5 teeth on the upper part and a round, swollen wart.
Large, oblong, cabbage-like. The basal leaves are broad and heart-shaped with wavy margins.
1 metre tall
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.
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.
Ditches, farmland, gardens, hedgerows, meadows, roadsides, wasteland, woodland.