Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition
Leaves - cooked
. The leaves can be up to 30cm long and, cooked with their midrib removed, they make a fine substitute for leaf beet
The roasted root is a coffee substitute
A rich yellow dye is obtained from the root if it is fixed with alum
Although no specific mention has been made for this species, dark green to brown and dark grey dyes can be obtained from the roots of many species in this genus, They do not need a mordant
There are no medicinal uses listed for Rumex brownii.
Seed - sow spring in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer.
Division in spring.
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Succeeds in most soils but prefers a deep fertile moderately heavy soil that is humus-rich, moisture-retentive but well-drained and a position in full-sun or part shade
This species is sometimes introduced into Britain via bales of wool from Australia and it then persists for a few years
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Associations & Interactions
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Polycultures & Guilds
There are no polycultures listed which include Rumex brownii.
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