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Latin Name: Rumex sanguineus
Soil Type: Damp soil/ boggy conditions
Where should I plant this variety? Full sun/partial shade
How tall does it grow? Approx 70cm
How much space does it need? Approx 50cm
When does it flower? Green flowers during summer
Top care tips: Can be easily divided to provide new plants. Cut back regularly to ensure supply of fresh young leaves
"Sorrel Bloody Dock is really not as grim as the name might suggest, although the Latin name Rumex sanguineus does sound like a character from the world of Harry Potter. Growing this plant requires no dark arts or complicated incantations - it’s another one of our herbs that is really, really easy to grow and tastes amazing.
Let’s start with the taste. Word of warning. This plant has a SERIOUSLY strong flavour once the leaves mature. Honestly if you eat the mature leaf in a salad it will make you wince a bit. (Yes I have done it.). Young leaves can be chopped into a mixed salad and this compliments the dish. Mature leaves should be cooked lightly and used as a seasoning. The bitter lemony flavour within the leaf gets stronger as the leaf ages. Keep cutting the young leaves for regular salad goodness. They say that we eat with our eyes and this fantastic plant adds some colour to the salad bowl. It’s a talking point.
It’s a transitional green. What do I mean by that? Well it fills a gap in the growing calendar, when a number of crops such as summer sales or that spinach that you sowed isn’t quite ready yet. It serves a fantastic purpose.
In terms of growth, this plant is bomb proof. It enjoys growing in the sun in slightly wet boggy conditions. Although our plant has done quite well in very dry shady conditions!
If left to it’s own devices the plant can get quite tall and architectural. This is not ideal for harvesting flavour but it does look pretty cool in the kitchen garden. We also recommend that it can be used as a rather attractive edging plant. "
All herbs dispatched with DHL Next Day Delivery. For customers in the Highlands and Channel Islands this is 48 hour delivery. This starts from £4.95 and ensures that your herbs reach you promptly and in good health.
If your plant is available on our surplus list you will have the option to 'order now'. We dispatch fresh herbs by Next Day DHL Delivery to ensure that they are not in the postal system for long. We will aim to dispatch orders at the beginning of the week following your order, on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday of the week to ensure no delays over the weekend. We aim to dispatch all such orders within 10 days.
Herb plants are dispatched from April – September each year, but you can order the plants in advance all year round to ensure that you receive the unusual varieties that you desire. Plants will be dispatched on a ‘first come first served’ basis as soon as they are ready. Some varieties will be available a little later in the year from May onwards, and we will aim to dispatch all herbs in one shipment once all the varieties are ready. We will update you on the estimated date of your delivery as soon as we know.
If you have a preferred month for delivery i.e. you are having a new garden installed or building work conducted, please contact us and we will make a note on your order to try our best to accommodate that request.
We aim to reuse packaging as much as possible. Your herbs will be delivered in taupe recyclable pots. We are moving over to using plastic blister cell packaging which contains at least 90% recycled content and is itself 100% recyclable. These things are important to you and are important to us.
Occasionally due to circumstances beyond our control problems can arise. If you are not satisfied in the condition of your plants upon reaching you, please contact us as soon as possible providing pictures so that we can deal with your enquiry and feedback to our courier service. We will endeavour to ensure a resolution is reached that leaves you satisfied.