Red-veined dock is part of the Rumex genus. Its scientific name is Rumex sanguineus. The botanical name epithet for Red-veined dock (sanguineus) means 'blood-red'.
This plant has dark green leaves marked with deep red or red-purple veins. Like other sorrels, the leaves have a juicy lemon taste. The flavor is more intense in the fall than in the spring.It is an edible vegetable / herb that typically grows as a perennial, which is defined as a plant that matures and completes its lifecycle over the course of three years or more. Red-veined dock normally grows with a forb habit to a mature height of 91.0 cm (that's 2.96 feet imperial). This plant tends to bloom in mid summer.
Red-veined dock is normally quite a low maintenance plant and is normally very easy to grow - great for beginner gardeners!
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Likes light shade and moist soil. Harvest tender young leaves from the sides of the plant in spring and fall. When seed stalks appear in mid-summer, cut them back. The roots will then send up new leaves which can be harvested. Once the plant is well-established (after 2-3 years), you can cut the entire plant back to stimulate new growth.
All sorrels have a tap root. If you must move or transplant it, dig as deep as you can.
Cut leaves from the outside of the plant. If they are tough, discard them. Avoid cutting from the center of the plant, as doing so may damage the crown.
These plants have been known to grow well alongside Red-veined dock so consider planting:
These plants will not grow well with Red-veined dock so avoid planting these within close proximity:
These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Red-veined dock plants:
Aphids will attack this plant. Blast them off with a hose. For light infestations where the hose doesn’t solve the problem, cut the affected part off and drop it into a bucket of soapy water.
This plant has dark-red stems and veins, suggestive of dripping blood. The botanical epithet is from the Latin sanguineus meaning “blood-red”
Bloody dock, Bloodwort, Red dock, Red-veined sorrel, Bloody sorrel
Rumex sanguineus L.
Misspellings: Red Veined Dock, red veined sorrel
10 May 2013
no sign of new leaves for 2013