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.

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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Muhammad Ramzan Rafique
Muhammad Ramzan Rafique

I am from a small town Chichawatni, Sahiwal, Punjab , Pakistan, studied from University of Agriculture Faisalabad, on my mission to explore world I am in Denmark these days..

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