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Yellow Dock Seed

(Rumex crispus)

A common plant worth cultivating. Grows as a rosette of leaves about 6 to 10 inches long. Upon flowering it sends up a single stalk of small inconspicuous flowers borne in whorls that yield buckwheat-like seed. Roots are 1/2" thick and 8" to 12" long, but larger in cultivation. Medicinal: A gentle laxative, astringent, alterative, and mild tonic. It has an action on the bowels operating without pain or discomfort. Used in ointments for skin irritations.


Other Names:Curled Dock
Foliage:Grows as a whorl of leaves
Lifecycle:2    (0: N/A, 1: annual, 2: perennial, 3: biennial)
Height:6 to 8
Container Planting:no

Cultural Requirements:

USDA Zones:3 to 9
Propagation / Germination:Germinates in approximately 30 days, but may take longer. Sow on disturbed bare soil and keep weeded until emergence. Best sown in early spring or late fall.
Sun:Full sun to part shade

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