Curly Dock - Curled Dock
Rumex crispus
Polygonaceae (Buckwheat) Family

Plant is upright, branching with reddish or green flowers in long, slender clusters at the top of the stem. Preferred habitat is old fields and waste places. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are long; oblong to lance-like with margins crisped and wavy.

Flowers have long sepals in two or three cycles; petals absent; clustered at the end of the stem. Flowering occurs in the summer.

These introduced plants are common pasture, meadow, garden or roadside weeds. The young leaves have a pleasant bitter taste and can be used with other greens in salads. The flower and seeds may also be used as a trail snack to quench thirst.

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