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Rumex sanguineus /Red Veined Sorrel or Bloody Dock

Rumex sanguineus  / Rumex sanguineus
Potted plants ready for transplanting to the garden
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Potted plants ready for transplanting to the garden

Leaves have prominent red veins

A very small amount of the young leaves may be used in salads as one would use spinach

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Scientific Name: Rumex sanguineus
Common Name: Red Veined Sorrel or Bloody Dock
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11 Determine Your Zone
Height: 1-2 feet
Spread: to 1 foot
Bloom time: Summer
Flower color: Red
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red, Brown
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Herb
Comments: Does not like frost and must be kept moist. Is grown as an annual where there are heavy frost and temperatures reach freezing, however the roots will overwinter in the lower part of zone 5 and higher. Grown primarily as an ornamental vegetable and may cause stomach upset if eaten. Is a self-seeder and can be invasive if seed allowed to develop with no control.