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Another common perennial weed, sheep’s sorrel is a flowering plant in the buckwheat family. It typically grows in highly acidic soil, in clumps. It has arrow-shaped leaves, with two lobes at the base of the leaf. The edible leaves are bright green, with either green or reddish coloured stems. The mature plant has reddish-brown clustered flowers branching out on long stalks.Unlike the two wild “common weeds” noted above, French sorrel is typically found in garden centers and farmers’ markets. However, once planted (if in a good location), French sorrel will grow back year after year and gradually increase in size. French sorrel grows in clusters of bright green arrow-shaped leaves. Though I have not yet tried it, apparently, French sorrel is well suited to container gardening, so can be brought indoors for year-round tangy salad making.
Marie Iannotti is a life-long gardener and a veteran Master Gardener with nearly three decades of experience. She's also an author of three gardening books, a plant photographer, public speaker, and a former Cornell Cooperative Extension Horticulture Educator. Marie's garden writing has been featured in newspapers and magazines nationwide and she has been interviewed for Martha Stewart Radio, National Public Radio, and numerous articles.Summary: 'CDC Sorrel' has a taller plant height and a longer main axis length than 'Hanley'. 'CDC Sorrel' has a shorter petal length than 'CDC Bethune'. 'CDC Sorrel' has filaments that are white at the top while both reference varieties are blue. The style on 'CDC Sorrel' has white at the top and light blue at the base while both reference varieties are blue at the top and bottom of the style. 'CDC Sorrel' has a white stigma while both reference varieties have a pale blue stigma. The capsules are medium in size for 'CDC Sorrel' and small for 'Hanley'. 'CDC Sorrel' has ciliation of the false septa while 'CDC Bethune' does not. 'CDC Sorrel' has medium brown seeds while 'Hanley' has brown seeds.
Flowers & Fruit: Flowers small, clustered in whorls in a branching inflorescence; plants unisexual so all flowers on one plant are either female (seed-producing) or male (pollen-producing); female flowers greenish, male flowers yellowish, the whole plant often with a reddish-green to brownish cast; seeds (tiny fruits) about 1.5 mm (1/16 in.) long, triangular or 3-sided in cross-section, smooth, shiny, and reddish-brown to golden-brown. Flowers from May to July.The derivation of "Rumex" is either the classical Latin name for sorrel, "rumo" meaning to suck, in reference to the practice of sucking the leaves to relieve thirst (Mosyakin, 2005), or from Pliny’s name for sorrel (Gledhill, 2002). The common name "sorrel" is from the old French "surelle", or "sorele", from the diminutive "sur" meaning sour or acid, as in "little acid plant" (Grigson, 1974) and "acetosella" is from the Latin for "slightly acid" (Gledhill, 2002). (Source: www.cabi.org)