Sharp-pointed Dock.

Botanical name: 

Plate 16. Also see Great Water Dock - Garden Dock

Lapathum folio acuto.

A COMMON plant, like the ordinary dock, but somewhat handsomer, and distinguished by the figure of its leaves, which are sharp-pointed, not obtuse as in that, and are also somewhat narrower and longer. The plant grows three foot high. The stalks are erect, green, round, striated and branched. The leaves are of a fine green, smooth, neither crumpled on the surface, nor curled at the edges, and have large ribs. The flowers are small, at first greenish, then paler, and lastly, they dry and become brown. The root is long, thick, and of a tawny colour.

The root is the part used, It is excellent against the scurvy, and is one of the best things we know, for what is called sweetening the blood. It is best given in diet drinks and decoctions. Used outwardly, it cures the itch, and other foulness of the skin; it should be beat up with lard for this purpose.

The Family Herbal, 1812, was written by John Hill.