Bloody Sorrel / Red Dock

Rumex sanguineus ssp. sanguineus

Upright, bright green leaves have exquisite deep red veins. A colorful and unique addition to perennial borders and mixed container plantings. Herbaceous.
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Full sun, Partial sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Average Size at MaturityLeafy foliage forms a clump 15 in. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeInconspicuous
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 ground 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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenHerbaceous
Foliage ColorMulticolored
Garden StyleCottage
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseGreen Roof
Light NeedsFull sun, Partial sun
Soil NeedsFlower & Rose Food
Special FeatureDramatic Foliage Color
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 6-10

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