Additional information for Broadleaved dock

Broadleaved dock

Broadleaved dock

Botanical name  Rumex obtusifolius
Details  
  • Perennial weed with large broad leaves and a thick, strong taproot
  • Most common in damp waste places and pastures, especially in higher fertility areas such as stockyards, cowsheds, water troughs and gardens.
  • Up to 1m tall when flowering at almost any time of the year. Stems erect and leafy with whorls of green to red flowers that later turn brown
  • Leaves broad and flat, heart-shaped at the base.
  • Grow to 35 cm long and 15 cm wide, hairy underneath and with long stalks
  • Fruit are small, heart-shaped, brown, three angled nuts approximately 2.5 mm long
  • Stems become stiff and woody as the plant matures.

Benefits
  • Leaves can be used to soothe a range of skin irritations including mosquito bites and nettle rash
  • Leaves may be used in cooking (cream soup and casseroles). and also in salads
  • Roots have been used as a coffee substitute.

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