PLANT PROFILE

 

NAME: Patience Dock

LATIN NAME / FAMILY:  Rumex patientia / Polygonaceae

OTHER COMMON NAME(S):  garden patience, herb patience, or monk's rhubarb

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

RAW/COOK

late Spring-Fall

Leaves

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lemony

RAW/COOK

late Spring-Fall

Buds/Flowers

       

Fruits

 

 

 

 

Roots

       

Seeds

 

 

   

Nuts

 

 

 

 

Pods

 

 

 

 

Stalk

 

 

 

 

Bark

 

 

 

 

 

PORTION: small-moderate

 

COMMENT/CAUTION:  Excellent taste. Used in salad or as a wrap, very nice mellow lemony taste, crisp when raw.  Cooks down to a slimy concoction that can be used as a sauce or in soups and stew. CAUTION: Cook with lid off to minimize oxalic acid, as with spinach.

 

NUTRITION / MEDICINAL:

·        https://www.natureword.com/tag/patience-dock-nutrition-table

·        https://draxe.com/sorrel/      

 

LOOK-A-LIKES:  other species of dock, 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+patientia 

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

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

4.      http://www.foragingtexas.com/2008/08/dock.html (Curley Dock)

5.      https://davesgarden.com/guides/articles/view/3741

6.      https://www.motherearthnews.com/real-food/seasonal-recipes/easy-perennial-salad-greens-patience-dock-sorrel