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Bloody Dock - Live Plant

Bloody Dock - Live Plant

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This low-maintenance hardy perennial can thrive in diverse soil types and climates, making it a hassle-free addition to your outdoor haven. It boasts stunning lance-shaped leaves that are radiant crimson-red and stand out brilliantly against the lush green backdrop of your garden, ensuring an eye-catching spectacle. It is available in a 3.5” pot, ready to produce small, inconspicuous greenish or reddish-brown flowers in early summer. 

Beyond its attractive appearance, the Bloody Dock is a culinary herb with a gently sour flavor that is excellent for giving your dishes a delicious twist. It even attracts beneficial pollinators, contributing to the vibrancy and biodiversity of your garden.

About Bloody Dock

The Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus) is a captivating perennial plant known for its unique lance-shaped leaves, which are a rich crimson-red color and greenish or reddish-brown flowers that bloom in late spring to early summer. 

Medicinally, some herbal traditions have recognized Bloody Dock for its high vitamin C content, which may contribute to its potential immune-boosting properties. Its leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them a slightly tangy taste and may have a diuretic effect. They form an unusual garnish for salads, soups, or other dishes because of their mild, tangy flavor. Chefs and food aficionados value the chance to experiment with this unique herb and use it in recipes to improve the flavor and presentation of their dishes. 


How to use Bloody Dock

  • Tincture: Fresh bloody dock leaves are chopped and macerated in grain alcohol for 4 to 6 weeks to formulate a tincture.
  • Tea: In hot water, fresh bloody dock leaves are soaked for 10 minutes to make tea.
  • Vinegar Infusion: Fresh Bloody Dock leaves can be soaked in apple cider vinegar or white wine vinegar for 2 to 4 weeks, shaking and adding vinegar during the period, to form a bloody dock vinegar infusion.
  • Culinarily: Enjoy the young leaves in salads and soups. 

Bloody Dock - Live Plant Frequently Asked Questions

Is Bloody Dock an annual or perennial plant?

Bloody Dock (Rumex sanguineus) is a perennial plant, known for its long-lasting nature, and under proper growing conditions, it can thrive for several years, providing its striking foliage season after season.


How much space should be needed to grow Bloody Dock?

Space individual bloody dock plants about 12 to 18 inches (30 to 45 cm) apart to to grow without overcrowding, and give its distinctive foliage room to develop and shine. If you're growing Bloody Dock in containers, choose pots or containers that are at least 10 to 12 inches (25 to 30 cm) in diameter and depth. 


What zone does Bloody Dock grow in?

Bloody Dock typically thrives in USDA growing zones 4 to 8.


When should I harvest Bloody Dock?

Bloody Dock is a perennial plant, and you can continue to harvest leaves even as the plant matures. To ensure the plant remains healthy and productive, avoid removing more than one-third of its leaves at a time. The young leaves are tender and can be used for salads and as garnish. The mature leaves have a tough texture and strong flavor, making them useful for cooking.


Does Bloody Dock flower or fruit?

Bloody Dock does produce flowers and fruit but they are not prominent features of the plant. The flowers of Bloody Dock are generally small, greenish to reddish-brown in color, and appear on tall spikes. While it can produce seeds after flowering, the primary focus of growing this plant is on its striking foliage rather than its fruits.


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