Rumex pulcher (Rumex pulcher)

Cooked they are used to make succulent “stews”, especially the one made with potato and cod. It usually breeds in humid and shady areas. In our locality it is easy to find it among pastures as long as the year has been generous in rainfall.

Harvesting: winter-spring


The leaves of common dock can be harvested for use as green or dried fodder for livestock, and are also a good feed for barnyard animals. In the past, in some rural areas of Spain, the dried stems were used to make brooms for sweeping corrals, stables and chimneys.


Toxic to dogs

The foliage of common Rumex pulcher romaza (Latin name) is known to be moderately toxic to dogs when consumed, so be careful if your dog is near this plant. The leaves contain toxins called oxalates, which can cause organ damage and heart failure if eaten in large quantities. Even in small amounts, common chamois can cause stomach upset.


Native to the Mediterranean region.Widespread as a weed worldwide in low deciduous forest, sometimes pine-oak forest.
It is a perennial herb, erect, slender, hairless. It reaches a size of 30 to 60 cm high. Stem with extended ramifications. In the place where each leaf is born and surrounding the stem and sometimes the base of the petiole, there is the ocrea, which is a membranous, translucent tube, which is soon broken and destroyed. The leaves are alternate, the basal leaves are oblong, sometimes narrowing near the base (like the shape of a violin), up to 12 cm long, with a generally heart-shaped base and somewhat wavy margin, on long petioles, the upper leaves smaller and with a rounded base. The flowers are arranged in compact clusters, somewhat distant from each other, along clusters that together form a large panicle in which a few reduced leaves are present. These flower clusters are also present in the axils of the upper leaves. The flowers are greenish or reddish, very small. The fruit is dry (an achene) and single-seeded, 3-ribbed, smooth, enveloped by 3 leaflets (these are the 3 inner tepals of the flowers that have been modified), triangular, sometimes long triangular, reticulate, with long teeth on the margin and with a thick, prominent, whitish, very evident tissue; as a whole it gives the appearance of a winged fruit.