All plants are sold in at least 9cm pots, NOT tiny plug plants!

Rumex sanguineus (Blood Sorrel)


Plant Information

Aspect: Full Sun
Aspect: Light/Partial Shade
Soil Type: Moist But Well-Drained
Soil Type: Wet / Boggy
Colour: Green

Best known as Bloody Dock, the rich red veins contrasting nicely with the lime-green leaves. Equally useful in the flower bed or vegetable garden.

In summer it has blooms of flowers that turn from pale green to a red/brown colour, followed by dark brown seed heads.

This hardy perennial looks good in the flower border or is a useful addition to the vegetable garden, where it can be treated as a cut-and-come-again crop, and leaves may even be harvested in mid-winter. 

Sorrel leaves have a tangy taste, with hints of citrus. They may be harvested as a baby leaf and used in salads, but can also be harvested when mature and cooked like spinach. Sorrel works well as an accompaniment to fish, meat and egg dishes, and as an ingredient in soup and gratins. Leaves may also be added raw to dishes. 

Will seed itself freely if allowed. Remove seed heads before they ripen if you don't want this.

Height and spread: 30cm x 30cm 

Common name(s): Blood Sorrel, Blood Dock, Bloodwort, Red-veined dock, Red-veined sorrel, Wood dock.


  • All our plants are hardy and perennial (come back year after year) unless otherwise specified in the description.
  • Every plant we sell is sold established in at least a 9cm pot, although many are in bigger pots. Unlike some nurseries, we do not sell plug plants because these require ongoing care when you receive them. Our plants can be planted in your garden as soon as you receive them, or they can be left in their pots for several weeks until you are ready to plant them.
  • As we grow everything ourselves and cannot just buy more stock when levels are low, there will be times when certain varieties are unavailable until the next batch has grown on.
  • We are not technically 'organic' but, as far as possible, we limit the use of pesticides and chemicals. We are fortunate enough to be situated in the countryside and we enjoy the environment and natural world that surrounds us, so we do what we reasonably can to protect it.
  • For a limited time we are offering free delivery for orders over £50.
If you have any questions about our plants, please feel free to contact us and we'll be happy to help.