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Common Sorrel in the GardenTags plant encyclopedia

Rumex acetosa

 

Common Sorrel

Sorrel is cultivated as a garden herb or salad vegetable. It is a perennial herb which grows to about 60cm high, with edible stems and arrow-shaped leaves. The upper leaves usually turn red. It produces whorled spikes of pinkish flowers, which bloom in early summer. Common sorrel is today used in sauces and as a spinach or salad leaf.

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plant Features
  • Common Sorrel likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Common Sorrel likes very little water

    Very little water

  • Common Sorrel is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Common Sorrel likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

 
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plant information

Common name

Common Sorrel

Latin name

Rumex acetosa

type

Perennial Herb

family

Polygonaceae

ph

6.0 - 7.5 Acid - Neutral

  • Light

    Common Sorrel likes full sun to partial shade

    Full sun to partial shade

  • Frost

    Common Sorrel is full frost hardy: 5f (-15°c)

    Full Frost Hardy: 5F (-15°C)

  • Soil

    Common Sorrel likes all soil conditions

    All soil conditions

  • Water

    Common Sorrel likes very little water

    Very little water

Plant & bloom calendar

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    Best time to plant

full grown dimensions

The size of a fully grown Common Sorrel is 0.30meters x 0.60meters 0.30 M 0.60 M

Rumex acetosa

Sorrel is cultivated as a garden herb or salad vegetable. It is a perennial herb which grows to about 60cm high, with edible stems and arrow-shaped leaves. The upper leaves usually turn red. It produces whorled spikes of pinkish flowers, which bloom in early summer. Common sorrel is today used in sauces and as a spinach or salad leaf.


Planting

From Early Spring TO Late Spring

Plant out in any garden soil, in sun or partial shade, water in well and keep moist until established. It can be planted in large containers for ease of harvesting the leaves later. Use multi-purpose compost and keep well watered.

 
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