Broad-leaved Dock

Rumex obtusifolius

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Broad-leaved Dock is a common plant that grows on waste ground, in hedgerows, gardens and roadside verges, and next to water all over the UK. An abundant perennial it is well-known to most of us as the herbal remedy for nettle stings, yet there are differing opinions as to whether it really works or not.

How to identify

Broad-leaved Dock is a tall plant with very large, wavy-edged leaves with red stems on their undersides. Flower spikes appear from June to October.

Where to find it



When to find it

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  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December

How can people help

Many of our so-called 'weeds' are beneficial to wildlife, providing food for nectar-loving insects and shelter for minibeasts. Try leaving wilder areas in your garden, such as patches of flowers in your lawn, Stinging Nettles near the compost heap and Broad-leaved Dock in the vegetable patch, and see who comes to visit... To find out more about wildlife-friendly gardening, visit our Wild About Gardens website: a joint initiative with the RHS, there's plenty of facts and tips to get you started.

Species information

Common name
Broad-leaved Dock
Latin name
Rumex obtusifolius
Height: up to 1m
Conservation status