Sheep sorrel – Rumex acerosella

Sheep sorrel – Rumex acerosella


These plants are seldom more than 30 centimeters tall. They have alternate leaves, often with arrowlike bases, very small flowers, and frequently reddish stems.

Habitat and Distribution:

Look for these plants in old fields and other disturbed areas in North America and Europe.

Edible Parts:

The plants are edible raw or cooked. CAUTION: These plants contain oxalic acid that can be damaging if too many plants are eaten raw. Cooking seems to destroy the chemical.