Recognise broad-leaved dock

2nd April 2022

Recognise broad-leaved dock

Rumex obtusifolius is one of the five 'injurious weeds' named in the 1959 Weeds Act, probably because it is a host for potato eelworm and bean aphid. The leaves are often applied externally as a remedy in the treatment of blisters, burns and scalds (and nettle stings). They contain oxalates which can bind calcium and lead to calcium deficiency and kidney stones.

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