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Rumex patientia
Patience Dock
  • Hardy to Zone 5
  • Full Sun to Partial Shade
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 100%
  • Approximately 40 seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
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Garden Patience is a very early perennial leafy green that can be used raw in salads, or cooked like spinach. The leaves have a lemony flavour, but it is not as sour as sorrel. The young leaves have the best flavour. It's high in fibre, iron, and vitamins C & E. The seeds can also be used to make crackers or ground into a gluten free flour. It is related to wild dock species, rhubarb, and buckwheat.

The flower stalks can be cut off to encourage more leaf growth throughout summer. If allowed to flower, the striking plant stalks can get over 6 feet tall!

I've found Garden Patience to be quite drought tolerant. I have my plants in an unirrigated area that I water only occasionally with the hose. The plants will die back in the summer after flowering, but resprout with the autumn rains.

Growing Instructions

Sow indoors or outside in spring. Plant out when they have a few true leaves. Space about a foot apart.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.


Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.


Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.


Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom


If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Michael Schimp
10 out of 10

I’ve been a repeat customer of Cicada seeds for a couple years and would recommend them to anyone who’s interested in rare and/or perennial vegetables. Always high germination rates, great customer service with a human touch. Not only do they know their stuff, they really care. 10 out of 10!

Nice seeds

Love the minimal packaging, prompt service. The seeds all look great but I haven't planted any yet so I can't comment on the quality though I am expecting it to be 5/5.