Rumex acetosella


Common Names: Sheep's sorrel, red sorrel, sour weed, field sorrel
Category: Plants
Sub-category: Smartweed family


Syn. Acetosella vulgaris. A perennial herb that has an upright stem that is slender and reddish in color, and branched at top, reaching a height of 18 inches. The arrow-shaped leaves are simple, slightly more than 1 inch in length, and smooth with a pair of horizontal lobes at base. Yellowish-green flowers (male) or reddish (female) flowers develop on separate plants, at the apex of the stem. Fruits are red achenes.

A common weed in fields, grasslands, and woodlands. It favors moist soil, so it thrives in floodplains and near marshes. It is often one of the first species to take hold in disturbed areas, such as abandoned mining sites, especially if the soil is acidic. Flowers from March to November,

Primary Flower Color: Red/Orange
Secondary Flower Color: Yellow
 
Edible Notes: There are several uses of sheep sorrel in the preparation of food including a garnish, a tart flavoring agent, a salad green, and a curdling agent for cheese. The leaves have a lemony, tangy or nicely tart flavor. Because of the presence of oxalic acid, it should only be consumed in small quantities.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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