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Rumex sanguineus
Common Name: Bloody Dock Family: Polygonaceae (The Buckwheat Family)

Rumex sanguineus
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Bloody dock looks like an unremarkable plant that figured out how to doll itself up in order to earn a place in the garden. It surely is a fun foliage plant for use in the garden, containers and salads. Rippled green leaves have distinctive, attractive, reddish purple venation. Panicles of tiny, star-shaped flowers in late summer. Can reseed lightly. Related to sorrel, the leaves are edible, if rubbery and not with much flavour. However, use a small amount to add incredible contrast to mixed salads.

ClassDeciduous  Primary Bloom ColourGreen 
TypePerennial  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height12-24'  Bloom TimeSummer 
Spread12-24'  FragranceNo 
Light ExposureSun Part Sun  Foliage ColourBurgundy/Red/Purple Green 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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