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Rumex acetosella

Description

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.

Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#edible#weed#edible weed#wildlife plant
Cultivars:
Tags:
#butterflies#edible#weed#edible weed#wildlife plant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Rumex
    Species:
    acetosella
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Perennial
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Hairs Present:
    No
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Attracts:
    Butterflies