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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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