Rumex acetosella
Sheep's Sorrel

Rumex acetosella, Sheep's Sorrel

Sheep SorrelEurasian native now common throughout grassy pastures of the U.S. A perennial to 1ft, it lifts a branching flowering stalk from May-August with tiny flowers turning green to red from a base of arrow-shaped leaves. Attractive.

Grow specs: Easy from seed, spring or fall, in moist acidic soil and full sun. Thin to 8-12".

Medicinally used to treat scurvy, fever, excessive menstrual bleeding and diseases of the gastrointestinal tract. Ingredient of Native American cancer remedy essiac. High oxalic acid and tannin content leaches calcium and can aggravate arthritis, gout, kidney stones and rheumatism.

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