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botanical name:
Rumex sanguineus ssp. sanguineus
Rumex sanguineus ssp. sanguineus © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bloodwort, Bloody Dock, Red-Veined Dock
family:  Polygonaceae
characteristics: perennial
height: 0.50m
width: 0.45m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: clump
leaf colour: red & green
flower colour: maroon
fruit colour: brown
stem/bark: red & green
main season: Summer
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, clay soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -20°C
USDA zone: 6 to 9
Tap rooted perennial forming rosettes of conspicuously red-veined, lance shaped leaves. Erect stems of small star-shaped flowers in summer, pale green at first maturing to reddish-brown. May not flower in cool climates.

Moist, reasonably well drained and fertile soil in sun or part shade.
Flower stems can be removed to encourage foliage growth.

By seed or division. May self seed freely in favourable conditions, even becoming invasive.

Good foliage plant.

The young leaves are edible, similar to spinach.

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