Cultivating History

Scientific Name: Rumex crispus L.

Family: Polygonaceae (Buckwheat Family)

Common name: Yellow Dock

Description: Herbaceous robust biennial or short-lived perennial 3-4 feet tall; flowers March-May.

Range and Habitat: Native to the southeast; throughout South Carolina in waste places, pastures and fields.

In Porcher’s time… Yellow Dock was used as a laxative and to treat syphilis. It was also used as an ointment for the treatment of scabies, ringworm and other skin diseases and was recommended as a dentifrice.

See the historical entry on this plant as it appears in Resources of the Southern Fields and Forests

See the contemporary entry on this plant as it appears in the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database