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Sorrel – Physical Characteristics




PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS PLANT
Size: 

  • French or Common Sorrel (Rumex acetosa) – 12-36 inches tall and 12 inches wide
  • Sheep’s Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) – 6 inches tall and indefinitely wide
  • Buckler-Leaved Sorrel (Rumex scutatus) – 12 inches tall and 12-24 inches wide


Roots: Deep and fibrous, some species have a taproot; Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella) has stolons (stems called “runners” that grow along the ground and produce roots, and then new plants)
Growth Rate: Medium to Fast

While not its main use, Sorrels can produce a decent amount of seed.
Herb Patience (Rumex patientia)
 

GROWING CONDITIONS FOR THIS PLANT
Light: Prefers full sun
Shade: Most species tolerate light shade, although some can tolerate moderate shade
Moisture: Dry to medium-moisture soils
pH: can tolerate a very wide range of soils (3.5-8.5)

Special Considerations for Growing: None

Propagation: 
Typically, and easily, by seed – direct sow in Spring. Can transplant “wild” specimens. Can divide plants in Spring.

Maintenance:
None. Flowering will stop new leaf growth, so you can encourage young leaf growth by cutting off the flowering stem.

Concerns:

  • Poisonous – Leaves and contain oxalic acid. Large amounts need to be eaten for this to be toxic. When cooked, much of the oxalic acid is reduced.
  • Running types can be expansive – they can grow all over the place.
  • Many varieties of Sorrel reseed very easily, so some consider them a bit invasive… I see this as a great trait!

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