Curly dock, bitter dock, curled dock, dock, garden patience, narrow dock, sour dock, yellow dock.
A perennial that grows to 5 feet in height. Leaves are 6 to 12 inches long, linear, and curly-edged. Produces yellow to green flowers in panicles, and dense spikes of winged triangular seeds.
April to August.
n. Africa, temperate Asia, Europe & Pakistan
Pastures, fields, and waste lands.
Roots, in late summer and fall.
The roots of this plant are reportedly valuable as an astringent and mild laxative. In Appalachia, the root is placed in vinegar and the wash is used to treat ringworm; the leaves are used in a poultice to treat hives. The Indians used the root for a yellow dye.
Yellow Dock has a mild laxative effect. Also improves bile flow which, in turn, enables the bile ducts to remove more waste products.