Bloody dock

Rumex sanguineus

Photo/Illustration: 
Michelle Gervais
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Bloody dock (Rumex sanguineus)
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Genus:  Rumex
Red-veined dock is a taprooted perennial with a rosette of leaves distinctively marked with deep red or purple veins. It is grown mostly as a foliage plant or ornamental vegetable, but it also produces erect stems of tiny, star-shaped green flowers that turn reddish brown. These are followed by dark brown fruit. Native to Europe, northern Africa, and southwest Asia.
Noteworthy Characteristics:  Leaves are intricately veined in blood-red or dark purple. All parts may cause mild stomach upset if eaten, and contact with the foliage may irritate skin.   
Care:  Grow in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
Propagation:  Sow seeds in situ in spring. Self-seeds freely.
Problems:  Slugs, snails, rust, smut, and leaf spots.

Overview

Height
1 ft. to 3 ft.
Spread
6 in. to 12 in.
Growth Habit
Clumps
Light
Full Sun Only
Moisture
Adaptable
Maintenance
Low
Characteristics
Showy Foliage
Bloom Time
Early Summer,
Summer
Flower Color
Red Flower
Foliage Color
Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Uses
Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest
Summer Interest
Type
Perennials

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