- Common Name(s):
- Field sorrel, Red sorrel, Sheep sorrel, Sour weed
- Edible Plants, Perennials
Rumex acetosella is a perennial herb that has 1 inch arrow shaped leaves with smooth margins and two lobes at the base. The stems are slender and upright with reddish ridges. The stems branch at the top and the plant reaches a height of 18 inches.
It blooms March to November and produces either red (female) flowers or yellowish-green (male) flowers that develop on long stems. The flowers turn into red achene fruits.
It prefers acid and sandy soil but also thrives on disturbed or compacted soils. It is considered a difficult to manage weed because of its creeping rhizome roots. American Cooper or Small Cooper butterfly depend on it for food.
- winter, spring, summer, fall
- 18 inches
- Flower Color:
- red (female), yellowish green (male)
- full sun
- acidic, disturbed
- Eurasia, British Isles
- 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.
NCCES plant id: 2848