Sheep’s Sorrel ‘Rumex acetosella’

From £1.50

Flower spikes reddish pink – smaller than Common Sorrel. Likes Sun. Commonly known as red sorrel, sheep’s sorrel, field sorrel and sour weed. The flowers emerge from a tall, upright stem. Female flowers are maroon in colour.

There are several uses of sheep sorrel in the preparation of food including a garnish, a tart flavouring agent, a salad green, and a curdling agent for milk in cheese-making, the leaves have a lemony, tangy or rhubarb-like tart flavor.

A vital food source for the caterpillars of the Small Copper Butterfly shown in our image gallery.


Additional information

Sun Preference

Sun either Partial or Full

Soil Preference

Most Soils OK

Suitable for

Enjoys a sunny position.


Attracts many birds and pollinating insects. Also the caterpillar food of the 'Small Copper Butterfly' and the 'Forester Moth'.

Flowering season

May – August

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