Curled dock (Curled dock)
Copyright: Fred Miller
This plant is a tough little perennial that grows in a rosette form with wavy leaves that are 6-12 inches long. They are low growing but the flowering stem reaches up to 4 ½ feet. The flowers begin as a yellow-green color and dry to a deep brick red when they begin to seed. The seeds are heart shaped and covered with a casing that allows them to attach to animal fur and float in water. This is the primary form of seed dispersal. Curled Dock is tough to remove after the long yellow-orange taproot has matured, so home gardens may not be the best location for this beauty. A great home for this host plant would be in fields and prairies.
Curled dock is a Host Plant for:American Copper, Bronze Copper, and more
Curled dock Specifications:
Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade
Soil: Rich, moist
Average Height: Low, flowering stem up to 4.5 ft.
Average Spread: Rosette with 6 in. to 12 in. leaves
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 2 to 10