Rumex scutatus

Buckler-leaved sorrel

  • Botanical name: Rumex scutatus
  • Common name: Buckler-leaved sorrel
  • Family: Polygonaceae
  • Plant Type: Herb
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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.


Buckler-leaved sorrel, Rumex scutatus, is a low-growing, creeping sorrel. It’s easy to grow, producing masses of delicious, tangy leaves, which are best eaten raw in salads.


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

How to grow Rumex scutatus

  • Plant size

    22cm height

    10cm spread

  • Aspect

    South facing, east facing, west facing

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

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Rumex scutatus and wildlife

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

Is Rumex scutatus poisonous?

Rumex scutatus can be toxic.

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No reported toxicity to Birds

No reported toxicity to Horses

No reported toxicity to Livestock

No reported toxicity to People

Plants that go well with Rumex scutatus

Rumex sanguineus

Rumex sanguineus

Red-veined sorrel