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Rumex acetosa

Broad-leaved sorrel

  • Botanical name: Rumex acetosa
  • Common name: Broad-leaved sorrel
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb
Foliage colour:

Green

Sorrel leaves have a tangy taste, with hints of citrus. They may be harvested as a baby leaf and used in salads, but can also be harvested when mature and cooked like spinach. Sorrel works well as an accompaniment to fish, meat and egg dishes, and as an ingredient in soup and gratins. Leaves may also be added raw to dishes.

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Broad-leaved sorrel, Rumex acetosa, is easy to grow, producing masses of pale green leaves. It’s a hardy perennial so can be treated as a cut-and-come-again crop, and leaves may even be harvested in mid-winter.

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Grow sorrel in a sunny or partially-shady spot, in a fertile and moisture-retentive soil.

How to grow Rumex acetosa

  • Plant size

    1.2m height

    40cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

  • Sun exposure: Dappled shade, full sun, partial shade
  • Hardiness: Hardy
  • Soil type: Clay / heavy / moist / well drained / light / sandy

Plant calendar

A table displaying which months are best to sow, plant and harvest.
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Sow
Sow

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Plant
Plant

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Do Plant in June

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Harvest
Harvest

Do not Harvest in January

Do not Harvest in February

Do not Harvest in March

Do not Harvest in April

Do Harvest in May

Do Harvest in June

Do Harvest in July

Do Harvest in August

Do Harvest in September

Do not Harvest in October

Do not Harvest in November

Do not Harvest in December

Rumex acetosa and wildlife

Rumex acetosa has no particular known value to wildlife in the UK.

Is Rumex acetosa poisonous?

Rumex acetosa can be toxic.

Toxic to:

Toxic to Cats

Toxic to Dogs

No reported toxicity to:

No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

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