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Curled Dock

Rumex crispus

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Oval flattened green flowers in dense leafless spikes that do not spread outwards from the main stem.
Fruit:
Dark brown, round, winged seeds with oval warts. The wings do not have teeth, as is the case with Broad-leaved Dock.
Leaves:
Long, narrow and with curly edges. Up to 25cm in length. Curled Dock is named for it's curly leaf margins.
Maximum Size:
120cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves can be eaten raw in salads, lemon flavoured. They can also be cooked in a similar way to spinach.
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, Bloodwort, Coffee-weed, Curl Dock, Curly Dock, Garden-patience, Narrow Dock, Narrow-leaved Dock, Out-sting, Parell, Patience Herb, Sour Dock, Winter Dock, Yellow Dock.
Habitats:
Ditches, farmland, meadows, riverbanks, roadsides, wasteland, wetland, woodland.