• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Leafy foliage forms a clump 15 in. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Dramatic Foliage Color
    Blooms:
    Inconspicuous
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Plant type:Perennial
    Deciduous/evergreen:Herbaceous
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Leafy foliage forms a clump 15 in. tall and wide.
    Special features:Dramatic Foliage Color
    Foliage color:Multicolored
    Blooms:Inconspicuous
    Garden styleCottage
    Design IdeasFeature this herb with moisture loving foundation planting where unique color is appreciated close up. Naturally adapted to in dappled light under shade trees and woodland groves where they draw the eye into lesser known copses. Preference for damp gound makes dock perfect around ponds and water gardens, particularly in marshy boggy edges. A favorite of cottage herb gardens just got better with bold color that really stands well with new foliage effects perennials. A real attention getter for pots and boxes at close range on porch or patio.
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. For a neat appearance, remove old foliage before new leaves emerge. Divide clumps every 2 to 3 years in early spring.
    Light Needs:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    Aptly named bloody dock for its distinctive red veins, this herbaceous plant originates in the Mediterranean. It is a culinary and pot herb as well as an apothecary's medicinal. The flowers once mature are used in dried flower arranging. Genus Rumex falls into the Polygonaceae.