PHYSICAL CHARACTERISTICS OF THIS PLANT
- 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
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
Typically, and easily, by seed – direct sow in Spring. Can transplant “wild” specimens. Can divide plants in Spring.
None. Flowering will stop new leaf growth, so you can encourage young leaf growth by cutting off the flowering stem.
- 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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