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Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

Posted by perennialfan273 zone 5 (My Page) on
Tue, Jul 7, 09 at 17:14

When I saw a picture of this online, I just had to add it to my herb garden. Is it easy to grow, is it good in salads (I've heard it's edible)?? What sort of soil does it like?? I want to know everything about this herb, and if possible, get a start of it.

Now, the chammomile. As you may or may not know, chammomile is well known for it's calming effects. What I'd like to know is, is it safe to give to dogs?? The reason I ask is because this year, on the Fourth of July, my dog began freaking out when the fireworks started, but I thought that if I gave her some chammomile she might calm down. If so, I'd REALLY like to get some of this for my garden. She can be quite destructive when she's nervous, and I'm hoping to put a stop to this.

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RE: Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

When your pet suffers from stress or anxiety, try a combination of the extracts of Oats, Valerian, and Chamomile. (Check with your vet for correct dosage.) Rub a little Lavender oil near the animal's muzzle, or place some on a cotton pad in the pet's bed or in his sleeping area. And remember that if you are stressed, the animal will be too, so sniff a little of that calming Lavender for yourself as well.

Plenty of info on Bloody (red-veined) dock on the Web. See link.

Here is a link that might be useful: bloody dock

RE: Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

I have bloody dock growing in the garden. It's pretty, a hardy perennial, stays quite small, easy to grow, takes a while to get established. I bought plants from Richters.

RE: Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

I got seeds last year from Thompson & Morgan (I think) and direct-sowed it into the garden bed. Came very well. It came back this year and is growing well, even after moving it. Attractive foliage. Doesn't seem to require much tending, care, or special soil. Edible but taste-wise I think there are better things for the salad bowl. I'd use its leaves as garnishes and for color rather than taste.


RE: Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

Bloody dock grows better for me with some shade. It died out after 2 years when in full, all day sun. The young leaves are more tender and better suited, IMO, for culinary use.

As for calming your pet, I would recommend training your dog to be calm rather than trying to medicate, naturally or otherwise. Note the incredible stuff the Dog Whisperer can do with aggressive and/or anxious dogs-no meds needed.

F. DeBaggio

RE: Does anybody grow bloody dock??/Roman Chammomile question

I have been growing it for several years now, mainly because it is pretty and self-seeds. I came here to see if I can eat it, nice to read your comments, I will give it a try by using the new seedlings.

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