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UK Nature  > Wild Flowers  > Green Wild Flowers  > Rumex obtusifolius

  • Overall view of plant
  • Close up of individual leaf

Scientific Name:   Rumex obtusifolius
Common Name:   Broad-leaved Dock

Rumex obtusifolius, more commonly known as the Broad-leaved Dock, is a common plant that grows on waste ground, in hedgerows, gardens and roadside verges, and next to water all over the UK. An abundant perennial, flower spikes appear from June to October.

It is well-known to most of us as the herbal remedy for Stinging Nettle irritations, yet there are differing opinions as to whether it really works or not. It is a tall plant with very large, wavy-edged, oblong leaves that have red stems on their undersides. Flower spikes have numerous clusters of reddish-brown flowers.

Broad-leaved dock is one of the foodplants of the caterpillars of the Small Copper butterfly. Widespread and common in the UK.
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