Friday, May 23, 2014

Dock



This is a dock plant - Rumex somethingorother.   Somethingorother is not part of its formal name - I just made that up.    There are a whole lot of Rumexes and I can't figure out which one it is.   Frankly I don't care.    I hate this plant.

It is a noxious weed.   In case you wondered.

It has roots to China.

It doesn't die.  Even when you kill it.   Again and again and again.   

They get huge - the size of rhubarb.

This one has made a home at the base of the steps to the studio.    I've killed it several times.  


After I took the pic, I pulled all the leaves off.   That won't kill it, but it'll slow it down.    Maybe I'll try boiling water.    Or vinegar.   Or boiling vinegar.     

2 comments:

  1. Does boiling vinegar work better than boiling water????

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  2. It looks like R. crispus (yellow or curly dock). It's edible. Whack it off and then pinch the still tube-shaped leaves when they pop up for a salad, or use slightly larger leaves chopped or shredded and boiled as a bitter greens sub. I think you might have to go all the way to a salt-vinegar soln to kill it off. I have some patience dock seeds I can share if you want to give it a nice, sour salad/cooking green as some competition. :)

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