PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Bitter Dock

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Rumex obtusifolius / Polygonaceae (Rumex)

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  Round-leaf dock

CONDITIONS: full sun to partial shade, moist to well-drained soil
 

PARTS:

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TASTE

RAW/COOK

SEASON

All

 

 

 

 

Shoots

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Leaves

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lemony

COOK

Late Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

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Summer-Fall

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-moderate

COMMENT: Must cook to lessen toughness and bitterness, unlike Patience Dock. When cooked, takes on a mucilaginous quality, like Okra, which can be used
in stews and sauces. Seeds can be used as a spice. (3)

CAUTION: Cook with lid off to minimize oxalic acid, as with spinach.

NUTRITION/MEDICINAL:  Astringent;  Blood purifier;  Contraceptive;  Salve. (1, 4)

LOOK-A-LIKES:  other docks, young corn

POISONOUS LOOK-A-LIKES: 

OTHER USES: “dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus. They do not need a mordant.” Also used for caterpillar food (1)

SOURCE LINKS (may include nutritional and medicinal info, plus other uses):

1.      https://www.pfaf.org/user/Plant.aspx?LatinName=Rumex+obtusifolius   

2.      http://www.eattheweeds.com/rumex-ruminations/

3.      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rumex_obtusifolius

4.      http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html  (good photos)

5.      http://identifythatplant.com/what-is-yellow-dock/bitter-dock