General Herb Information *Note: The following herb information relates to French and Garden Sorrel not Sheep Sorrel. Sheep Sorrel information is coming soon!
Sorrel - Two sorrels should be noted, French variety (Rumex scutatus) and Garden Sorrel (R. ilcetosa).
Propagation: By seed, self-sows freely; by root division.
Nature of Plant: French, as its botanic name indicates, has shieldlike-shaped leaves larger than the Garden variety, is less acid and more fleshy, used for salads more than Garden, almost prostate in growing habits; Garden grows to 3 feet with oblong leaves, arrow shaped at base, in early spring almost tasteless, but later in the season becomes very acid.
Spacing of Mature Plants: 1 foot.
Cultural Requirements: Both grow luxuriantly in heavy, somewhat moist soil in full sun; plants of Garden Sorrel should be dug up, divided and replanted every 4 or 5 years.
Leaf: (Culinary) For soups and salads; in diet for scurvy.
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