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    Rumex sanguineus

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    Ornamental Sorrel (Rumex sanguineus) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Ornamental Sorrel

    Ornamental Sorrel

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Ornamental Sorrel (Rumex sanguineus) at Dutch Growers Garden Centre

    Ornamental Sorrel foliage

    Ornamental Sorrel foliage

    (Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

    Height:  12 inches

    Spacing:  8 inches

    Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

    Hardiness Zone:  4a

    Other Names:  Bloody Dock


    This variety is a taprooted perennial producing a rosette of leaves distinctively marked with deep red veins; a hard clipping back after blooming rejuvenates the foliage; beautiful along the front of borders or in containers

    Ornamental Features

    Ornamental Sorrel's attractive crinkled narrow leaves remain dark green in colour with distinctive dark red veins throughout the season. It features subtle spikes of green star-shaped flowers rising above the foliage in early summer. The fruit is not ornamentally significant. The dark red stems can be quite attractive.

    Landscape Attributes

    Ornamental Sorrel is an herbaceous perennial with a mounded form. Its medium texture blends into the garden, but can always be balanced by a couple of finer or coarser plants for an effective composition.

    This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

    Ornamental Sorrel is recommended for the following landscape applications;

    • Mass Planting
    • General Garden Use
    • Container Planting

    Planting & Growing

    Ornamental Sorrel will grow to be about 12 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 8 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 5 years.

    This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This species is not originally from North America, and parts of it are known to be toxic to humans and animals, so care should be exercised in planting it around children and pets. It can be propagated by division.

    Ornamental Sorrel is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

    At Dutch Growers, we treat this plant as a "HOBBY PLANT". It is not officially recognized as winter-hardy in our zone 3, however, there is a strong liklihood that it will survive winter. Warranty expires on Nov. 1 season of purchase.

    Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
    Massing  Garden  Container 
    Flowers  Foliage Color  Bark 
    Ornamental Features

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