Rumex sanguineus Bloody Dock

Item #29666


Great for rain gardens, water gardens, and pond margins

Rumex sanguineus, commonly called bloody dock, bloody sorrel, bloodwort, red-veined dock and wood dock, is an herbaceous perennial grown for its ornamental foliage. The tap-rooted plant grows in a rounded tightly packed rosette of long (to 6-inch) lance-shaped medium green leaves distinctively marked with prominent red to purple veins. In late spring to early summer, a long stem of small leaves and panicles of tiny flowers grows from the rosette. The flowers are not particularly attractive and can be removed to promote a bushier plant and to prevent self-seeding.

Bloody dock is an attractive accent, bedding, and edging plant, but it's also a great container plant. It works well in moist meadows, rain gardens, water gardens and around margins of ponds and woodland gardens. It is also sometimes grown in vegetable or herb gardens for harvests of it edible young leaves.

Bloody dock grows best in a sunny to partially shady location with average, consistently moist soil. It benefits from spring fertilization. Cut back hard to rejuvenate the plant.


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Genus Rumex
Species sanguineus
Item Form 1-Quart
Zone 5 - 8
Bloom Start to End Early Summer
Plant Height 18 in
Plant Width 18 in
Additional Characteristics Easy Care Plants, Edible, Flower, Native
Bloom Color Variegated
Foliage Color Medium Green, Red, Variegated
Light Requirements Full Sun
Moisture Requirements Moist,  well-drained
Soil Tolerance Normal,  loamy
Uses Containers, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Beds, Border
Restrictions *Due to state restrictions we cannot ship to the following:
Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands

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