Rumex hymenosepalus
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Rumex hymenosepalus

wild rhubarb

  family polygonaceae 
  genus rumex 

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Genus  Rumex Species  hymenosepalus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  canaigre   wild rhubarb   dock   chaad'iniih Family  POLYGONACEAE Specimen number  S14058 Data source  Allergy p282;DyeFib p49
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Herbaceous perennial Life span  3 - 10 years Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit    Overall height    Overall spread   
Sunshine  Various Water  Various Optimal soil texture  Various Acceptable soil pH  Various USDA hardiness  Not classified AHS heat zones  Not classified Sunset climate zones  Not classified
Suitable for gardens  no Nursery  Unknown Compost  no Size at acquisition  Unknown Garden location  Unknown Garden notes  The roots of Rumex hymenosepalus have been used in traditional fabric dyeing. Orangish yellow is the most typical color produced by Dock (also known as canaigre and wild rhubarb). Rumex hymenosepalus is known as chaad'iniih in Navaho.
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen  Light Hay fever season  Jan 01 - May 31 Adverse qualities   
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  Although this plant is freely wind-pollinated, it shouldn't pose too much difficulty to the hay fever susceptible. Hay fever season usually extends from January to May.
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  Fragrance parts  Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Roots Dye color  orangish yellow
Propagule  Various Pollination method    Planting style    Crop spacing    Row spacing    Cold frame  Planting period    Harvesting period    Frost tolerance    Heat requirement    Fertilizer  Typical Time to harvest 
Is edible  no Culinary uses  Nutritional value  Edible parts  Description of edible parts Flavor / texture 
Horticulture notes  Rumex hymenosepalus is a wildflower that occurs throughout California and Great Basin. Dock (in some places called canaigre and wild rhubarb) probably originates from Southwest US.
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Rumex hymenosepalus is an herbaceous perennial.

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Last reviewed November 01, 2004   


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