Curly Dock; Curled Dock
Rumex crispus* /Smartweed (Buckwheat) Family
This is a very common roadside "weed." It is not an especially beautiful flower, but the seeds are important wildlife food. A small black beetle lays its eggs on the leaves, it is not uncommon to see the larvae eating aphids. I photographed this one during a run at the recycle center in Oak Ridge in late April. I take my camera everywhere, I never know where a flower I don't have will pop up! Dock leaves are poisonous to sheep and cattle due to the soluble oxilates.
Where seen:Oak Ridge, Great Smoky Mountains NP, widespread