red sorrel
Rumex acetosella L.


Rumex acetosella is a perennial herb that can reach 1.6 ft. (0.5 m) in height.
Leaves are alternate, petiolate, glabrous, entire, 3-lobed, up to 1.2 in. (3 cm) long and occur in a basal rosette.
Flowering occurs from March to November, when yellowish-green flowers (male) or reddish (female) flowers develop in clusters of a branched inflorescence at the apex of the stem. Flowers are typically drooping and have 3 petals and 3 sepals, each less than 0.04-0.06 in. (1-1.5 mm) long.
Fruits are red achenes.
Ecological Threat
Rumex acetosella is native to Europe and occurs along roadsides and other disturbed areas.


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Taxonomic Rank

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Subclass: Caryophyllidae
Order: Polygonales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rumex
Subject: Rumex acetosella L.

Synonyms and Other Names

Other Common Names:
field sorrel, sheep sorrel


Plants - Forbs/Herbs