common sorrel, garden sorrel, Green sorrel
[Rumex acetosa subsp. acetosa L.]
Etymology: Rumex: the ancient Latin name for the docks or sorrels
Plants: erect, perennial, 4"-40" tall forb; stems usually unbranched to the inflorescence; from stout roots
Leaves: oblong; mostly arrow-shaped; lower long-stalked, upper mostly stalkless; acidic taste
Flowers: red, 6-parted, stalk jointed about midway; inflorescence a 4"-8" open, branched cluster with 1 to a few flowers per whorl; blooms May-Aug.
Fruits: dark brown, dry seed
Habitat: dry; disturbed
Hazardous: Careful, this plant is hazardous!
Conservation Status: Introduced - rarely escaped
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Wetland Indicator = UPL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc. Southwest School of Botanical Medicine: Britton & Brown Illustrated Flora - 2nd Edition (1913) "An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States and Canada"