This is not a plant that grabs your attention at first.
The flower buds
The flowers just opening
The flowers in full bloom
Fields are red when the flowers are in full bloom - although this photo really doesn't do justice to just how red these fields are.
The characteristic pink and green heartwing seedpods develop. They gradually fade to a light brown as the seeds ripen.
Heartwing Dock is native to the United States from New York/Connecticut south to Florida and west to New Mexico, and including Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois and Ohio.
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- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Rumex hastatulus (Heartwing Sorrel)
- Southeastern Flora: Heartwing Dock (Rumex hastatulus)
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower