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Rhubarb or Wild Dock

Posted by runningtrails 5 (My Page) on
Mon, May 19, 08 at 14:48

How do you tell the difference. I just moved to an old farmstead and have what looks like rhubarb growing wild. Does rhubarb reseed all over or is it dock. Does dock have red stalks.

I know they are the same family and resemble each other closely. I would love some rhubarb but don't want to eat something else by mistake.

How do you tell the difference? They look the same in pictures on the internet.

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RE: Rhubarb or Wild Dock

You may have both curled dock and broad leaf dock. Occasionally on older farm sites there's rhubard still growing in a clump. Dock spreads around here and there singluarly.
Look up Ontario's invasive weeds list.
We are situated on an old farm and there are both docks and a couple of clumps of rhubarb. The rhubarb leaves are huge with curled edges and almost ready to cut now. The taste test is may help.
Yesterday we had to do the taste test with a cute white flowered wildflower. Looked it up and decided it was the invasive wild garlic.

RE: Rhubarb or Wild Dock

Then it's most likely dock. Shoot! I was really hoping for some rhubarb!

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