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Common Name: Red-Veined Dock
Rumex sanguineus is a perennial plant that can grow up to 1.00 metres tall.
It has edible, medicinal and miscellaneous uses.
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[
Europe, including Britain, from Scandanavia south and east to N. Africa, the Caucasus, and C. Asia.
Waste ground, grassy places and in woods, avoiding acid soils[
A very easily grown plant, succeeding in most soils and preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[
Plants usually self-sow freely in the garden[
Of some value in the flower border or kitchen garden for its ornamental edible leaves[
Young leaves - raw or cooked[
]. A spinach substitute[
]. 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[
]. The leaves soon become bitter with age[
The root is astringent[
]. An infusion is useful in the treatment of bleeding[
]. The root is harvested in early spring and dried for later use[
A decoction of the leaves is used in the treatment of several skin diseases[
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[
Seed - sow spring in situ.
Division in spring.