Field Guide to Noxious and Other Selected Weeds of British Columbia

Curled Dock (Rumex crispus)


  • perennial in the Buckwheat Family growing 0.8 to 1.5 metres tall; deep penetrating yellow taproot; dark green leaves waved and crisp along the margins; plant turns a rusty-red colour when mature

  • produces 3,000 to 4,000 seeds per plant

  • a similar plant, broadleaved dock (Rumex obtusifolius) is distinquished by its large leaves which are rounded or heart-shaped at the base
Mature plant
Wavy, crisp-margined leaves
Broadleaved dock rosette

Photo courtesy Jack Freeman, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada

More information on curled dock (Weeds BC)
Curled dock - integrated weed management (PDF format)
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