Common Dock Rumex obtusiflius or Rumex crispus (Broad-leaved Dock, Butter Dock, Yellow Dock, Curled Dock)
Both yellow and broad-leaved dock were used for the same health purposes, notably to help support skin complaints, liver disorders and respiratory problems. The roots were used as a laxative, and for anaemia. Rubbing the fresh leaves on nettle stings was supposed to lessen the hurt.
The young leaves of dock, although somewhat bitter, were cooked as a vegetable. Culpeper said that "all docks being boiled with meat, make it boil the sooner", adding that they were "as wholesome a pot herb as any growing in a garden."
The plant was listed by Aelfric. In country districts, the leaves were used to wrap butter, hence the name 'butter-dock'. The roots of broad-leaved dock yield a greenish-yellow dye.
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