Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) Plant




Rumex acetosella, commonly known as sheep’s sorrel, red sorrel, sour weed and field sorrel, is a species of flowering plant in the buckwheat family Polygonaceae. The plant and its subspecies are common perennial weeds. It has green arrowhead-shaped leaves and red-tinted deeply ridged stems, and it sprouts from an aggressive and spreading rhizome. The flowers emerge from a tall, upright stem. Female flowers are maroon in color.
Growing Zones:3 – 9
Native Range:Mediterranean
Mature Height:2 – 3 feet
Mature Width:12 – 18 inches
Spacing:12 – 15 inches
Sunlight:Full Sun, Part Shade
Soil Type:Average
Growth Rate:Moderate
Leaf Description:Long, oval, intense lemony flavor
Bloom Time:Early Summer
Bloom Description:Red-brown
Harvest:Leaf (at 4-5”)
Harvest Time:All year
Drought Tolerance:Moderate
Special Properties:High in oxalic acid


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