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Wood Dock

Rumex sanguineus

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Green flower spikes grow in whorls up the stem, leafy at the bottom only. Leaf and flower veins change colour by Autumn making the entire plant look rusty red in colour, hence one of its alternate names of 'Red Dock'.
Fruit:
Dark brown, winged seeds. The wings are without teeth, unlike with Broad-leaved Dock. The fruit grows in clusters along the stem.
Leaves:
Long, narrow and pointed but with a rounded base. The leaves often develop red veins as they mature.
Maximum Size:
100cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
The leaves are edible, raw or cooked and are a great source of Vitamin A, Iron and fibre.
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:
Blood-veined Sorrel, Bloodwort, Bloody Dock, Bloody Wood Dock, Indian Root, Red Dock, Red Vine Dock, Red-veined Dock, Red-veined Sorrel, Scarlet Milkweed, Silkweed, Sorrel Dock.
Habitats:
Grassland, meadows, woodland.