Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Sorrel and Dock

These red spikes are two related plants, sorrel on the left and dock on the right.

     
sorrel                                            dock

Really there are several sorrels and several docks but I just know that if they're small and red and the leaves have little hooky bits near the stalk, like a spear head, they are sorrels. 

Sheep's sorrel leaf

And if they are big, bold flowers, not always tinged with red, and with big leaves, they are docks.
 
Dock leaves
 
 

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