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 CharacteristicsLeaves 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.
CareGrow in full sun and moderately fertile, well-drained soil.
PropagationSow seeds in situ in spring. Self-seeds freely.
ProblemsSlugs, snails, rust, smut, and leaf spots.
- Genus : Rumex
- Plant Height : 1 to 3 feet
- Zones : 6, 7, 8
- Plant Width : 6 to 12 inches
- Moisture : Adaptable
- Bloom Time : Early Summer, Summer
- Light : Full Sun
- Maintenance : Low
- Plant Type : Perennials
- Foliage Color : Purple/Burgundy
- Flower Color : Red
- Characteristics : Showy Foliage
- Plant Seasonal Interest : Summer Interest