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Rumex sanguineus (Bloody dock, Red-veined dock, Bloody sorrel)

Rumex sanguineus Photo/Illustration: Michelle Gervais

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Hardiness Zones: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Botanical Name: Rumex sanguineus ROO-meks san-GWIN-ee-us Common Name: Bloody dock, Red-veined dock, Bloody sorrel 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.
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
Foliage Color Colorful/Burgundy Foliage
Flower Color Red Flower
Uses Beds and Borders
Seasonal Interest Summer Interest
Type Perennials

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