Advice for Growing. Curly dock isn’t too discerning about its habitat, growing in full sun and part shade, fields, roadsides, trailsides, and other open areas. Dock plant. The plant is curly dock, a rhubarb relative in the buckwheat family known alternately as sour or yellow dock. Curly dock (Rumex crispus): learn and get advice on how to grow, care, sow, dibble, associate, plant, water, mulch, repot, propagate, reap, check on, identify. Production Range: Seed production can range from 100 to over 60,000 seeds per plant. CURLY DOCK IS EASY TO FIND AND GROW AND CAN BE A PART OF YOUR BREAKFAST, LUNCH AND DINNER. Plants may appear in … Close-up of curled dock seeds. It is a member of the buckwheat family, Polygonaceae. Also known as curly dock, yellow dock (Rumex crispus) is a member of the buckwheat family. Name: Curly Dock. Yellow dock herbs have been used for centuries, valued for their medicinal and nutritional qualities. (Rumex crispus) Curly dock is a member of the buckwheat family, which has 48 genera and about 1,200 species worldwide. The coffee-colored curly dock seed stalks are commonly cut and used in dried floral arrangements. The growing rosette of curly dock leaves. Dispersal Mechanisms: The membranous wings of the fruit are readily dispersed by wind and water. Longevity: Moderately persistent the seed bank was reduced 50% after 3 years, and it took 17 years to reduce the curly dock seed bank 99%. What is yellow dock? Curled Dock root. Dormancy: No information. Curly dock is also known as yellow dock, narrowleaf dock, sour dock, yaller dock, curled dock, Bitter Dock, Bloodwort, Coffee-weed, Garden-patience, Narrowdock, Out-sting and Winter Dock. The green leaves may be tinged with reddish purple. If you wish to have curly dock growing in your yard, simply scatter some of the mature seeds during the winter, or dig up a wild root and plant it in your yard. This plant also produces flowers that are mostly green with a potential hint of … Curly dock contains oxalic acid which gives it a tart flavor and locks up nutrients in your digestive system if consumed in quantities. Curly Dock looks just what it sounds like; the leaves are narrow and curl along the edges, they are about 15 to 30cm long and get shorter and smaller as they grow closer to the top of the plant. Native to Europe, it has been introduced to all fifty states in the US and all Canadian provinces except Nunavut. The “curly” moniker comes from the wavy or crisped margins that often characterize the leaves and “sour” speaks to their pleasing, lemony flavor. Curly dock (Rumex crispus) is a perennial weed with a thick taproot. Texas distribution, attributed to U. S. Department of Agriculture. Leaves grow mostly at the base of the plant and are lance-shaped with wavy or curly margins. The marked counties are guidelines only. 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