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Red Sorrel
Polygonaceae (Rumex acetosella)


Biology and Management

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Red Sorrel Seedling (link to large image)

Red Sorrel Flowers (link to large image)

Red Sorrel Seedling Red Sorrel Flowers

Red Sorrel Mature Plant (link to large image)

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 Contents Menu for more information on the biology and management, or select Registered Herbicides for the herbicides that are registered to control this weed in mint.