Sunday, April 25, 2010

Heartwing Dock (Rumex hastatulus)

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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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Rumex hastatulus (Heartwing Sorrel)

Identification resources:
- Southeastern Flora: Heartwing Dock (Rumex hastatulus)

Related posts:

- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower

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