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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
description:
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.

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

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

usage:
Good foliage plant.

The young leaves are edible, similar to spinach.

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