Acetosa sanguinea (L.) M.Gómez
Lapathon sylvaticum Raf.
Lapathum nemorosum Fourr.
Lapathum sanguineum (L.) Moench
Lapathum viride Gray
Rumex auratus Sm.
Rumex condylodes M.Bieb.
Rumex integer Gand.
Rumex microdon Gand.
Vibones auratus (Sm.) Raf.
Common Name: Red-Veined Dock
Rumex sanguineus is a herbaceous perennial plant growing from a taproot; the erect, branched stem can grow around 40 - 100cm tall[
The plant is harvested from the wild for local use as a food, medicine and source of materials.
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 - Spain to Britain and southern Scandanavia, east to southern Russia, Ukraine and Greece; W. Asia - Turkey, the Caucasus and Iran
Waste ground, grassy places and in woods, avoiding acid soils[
]. Woods and wet 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[
Being wind -pollinated, Rumex species usually hybridize readily, especially with other members of the genus they are more closely related to[
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.