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Common Sorrel

Rumex acetosa

Plant Data

Order:
Caryophyllales
Family:
Polygonaceae (Dock)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Small and red, in compact leafless spikes.
Fruit:
Brown, flat, roundish fruit. 3-edged and glossy.
Leaves:
Long-stalked basal leaves. Stem leaves are very short-stalked and alternate along the stems. Not hairy. The leaves are untoothed, pointed and arrow-shaped. The 2 lobes at the base of each leaf are pointed.
Maximum Size:
60cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
Common Sorrel contains high levels of oxalic acid which give the plant its strong lemony taste. The leaves can be eaten either raw or cooked. The flowers and roots can be eaten.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Garden Sorrel, Green Sauce, Narrow-leaved Dock, Patriot's Blood, Sharp Dock, Sorrel Dock, Sour Dock, Sour Grass, Sour Leek, Spinach Dock.
Habitats:
Grassland, lawns, meadows, mountains, roadsides, wasteland, waterside, woodland.