Beautiful and useful foliage feature for deep to 1/2 shade. Dramatic patterning of blood red veins through fresh green leaves. Rumex sanguineus BLOOD SPINACH leaves are used fresh in salads or cooked like spinach. This herbaceous perennial produces a tightly packed rosette of leaves about 25 cm tall from a deep taproot. The outer leaves can be harvested and it will continuously produce more fresh leaves from its centre. It is Hardy in frost and makes a pretty but useful pot feature on a shaded balcony.
Growing: Rumex sanguineus
– Height with flowers: 25cm approx.
– Width: 20cm approx.
– Position: Partial Shade, Woodland, and Deepshade.
– Soil: Prefers well drained soil, it will also tolerate poor/arid soil conditions.
– Fragrance: None.
– Frost: Very frost hardy plant.
– Growth: Herbaceous Perennial.
Edible and easy
– Beware: Rumex sanguineus BLOOD SPINACH is edible. Although some caution is advised. Its leaves contain oxalic acid (but so does average spinach and other edible leafy greens). Sometimes to much oxalic acid ingestion can cause stomach discomfort when ingested or skin irritation on very sensitive people. So it’s good to just start off with a tiny bit as a test. I personally put it into salads and sandwiches all the time.
– Care: Easy and low care plant. Although flower heads should be can and discarded of if self seeding wants to be avoided.
– Deer & Rabbit resistant: People report that deer don’t seem to enjoy the fresh, tangy taste. An established plant will bounce back from damage easily. That is if they do decide to give them a bit of a chew.
– Origin: Native from Europe into southwest Asia and northern Africa.