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|Red Sorrel Seedling
|Red Sorrel Flowers
|Red sorrel is a perennial with slender,
creeping rootstock. This species is native to Europe and can be found throughout the west.
It thrives on acid soils, but has adapted to other conditions. It occurs in lawns, fields,
gardens and along roadsides. Stems are woody at the base and 1/2 to 2 feet fall. The upper
leaves are slender and sometimes without basal lobes. Leaves and stems have a sour taste.
Flowers are borne in branched terminal clusters. Plants are dioecious, the male flowers
are orange-yellow and female flowers are red-orange. Fruits are small, 3-angled, enclosed
in 3 reddish, persistant flower parts. Seeds are triangular and polished mahogany colored.
|Red Sorrel Mature Plant
This section contains information on identification of
the different life stages of Red Sorrel. Select Biology and Management from the
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Herbicides for the herbicides that are registered to control this weed in mint.