Bladder Dock (Rumex vesicarius)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Bladder Dock
Rumex vesicarius
Polygonaceae

Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant[168].

  • Medicinal Use

    The leaves are aperient, astringent, diuretic and cooling[240].

    The seed is cooling. It is roasted and used in the treatment of dysentery[240].

    The juice of the plant is cooling[240]. It is useful in treating heat of the stomach, to allay the pain of toothache and, by its astringent properties, to check nausea[240].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[46, 61, 105]. An acid flavour[183], they are used like sorrel as a flavouring in salads or as a spinach[2].

  • Cautionary Notes

    Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Succeeds in most soils, preferring a moist moderately fertile well-drained soil in a sunny position[200]. Cultivated for its edible leaves in Indonesia and occasionally sold in local markets there[183].
S. Europe – Greece. W. Asia. N. Africa.

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