Transformational Gardening

Disclaimer: Foraging can be fun, rewarding and provide health benefits. As a novice forager, I will be sharing my foraging experiences. However, in order to be safe, always consult with local foraging experts and guidebooks before beginning foraging. Children should learn to forage safely by being guided by experienced adults. Never ingest anything unless you are certain of the identification and safety of the plant. Some plant species are inedible and some are poisonous.

Curly Dock (Yellow Dock) (Rumex crispus): Images

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June 1, 2010 Southeastern, New Hampshire
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April 25, 2011 Southeastern, New Hampshire There are a number of Rumex species in New Hampshire, but it is easy to tell that this is curly dock because the leaf margins are extremely curly. The plant was growing near a very dry area adjacent to the public gardens. There are a number of Rumex plants that grow near water, such as: Greater Water Dock (Rumex orbiculatus), Seaside Dock (Rumex pallidus) and Golden Dock (Rumex maritimus). While Seaside Dock is often seen growing along side Cury Dock, Seaside Dock has flat margins.

Other Docks include: Pale Dock (Rumex altissimus) which has leaves with flat margins; Patience Dock (Rumex patientia) which can have weakly undulating leaf margins, but also a distinctly cordate (heart-shaped) leaf base; and Dooryard Dock (Rumex longifolius) which has slightly wavy leaves that are oblong and widest in the middle.
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May 8, 2014 Southeastern, Connecticut