Wild Sorrel Rumex acetosa

Scientific Name: Rumex acetosa (Polygonaceae).

English Name: Wild Sorrel; Common Sorrel; Garden Sorrel; Sorrel; Spinach Dock; Narrow-leaved Dock (Buckwheat family).

French Name: Grand oseille (='tall sorrel'); Oseille (='sorrel').

5 Key Characters:
  • sour tasting leaves.
  • up to 1 metre tall with seedhead.
  • mature leaves large and oval.
  • basal leaves arrowhead shaped. 
  • red-green flowers.


Habitat: Damp grassland, meadows, woods, pasture.

Flowering Period: May-June-July-August-September.

Status: Edible and has medicinal properties. Abundant and widespread, often cultivated.

Photographed by Loire Valley Nature:

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