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Permaculture Plants: Sorrel




  • A patch of wild Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa
     

    Common Name: Sorrel
    Scientific Name: Rumex species
    Family: Polygonaceae (the Buckwheat or Smartweed family)

    It is easy to see why Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) is also called Red Sorrel
     

    Common Species:

    • French or Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa
    • Sheep’s, Red, or Field Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
    • Monk’s Rhubarb (Rumex alpinus)
    • Herb Patience (Rumex patientia)
    • Buckler-Leaved or French Sorrel (Rumex scutatus)



    Buckler-Leaved Sorrel (Rumex scutatus) has a more spade-shaped leaf.
     

    Description:
    Docks and Sorrels are closely related species belonging to the Rumex genus. Most species are considered “weeds”, but the ones listed here have a fantastically refreshing and bright flavor – think lemony lettuce! The flowers, seeds, and even roots are edible as well. They attract beneficial insects, mine for minerals in the soil, and are drought-tolerant to name but a few of their traits. An easy to maintain addition in the Forest Garden.

    Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa
     
    Sheep, Red, or Field Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
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