Common Sorrel - Rumex acetosa


Short to tall acid tasting plant. Leaves arrow shaped, the basal lobes pointing backwards, the upper leaves clasping the stem. Leaves often turning very red at fruiting time. Flowers in few branched or unbranched spikes, male and female flowers on separate plants tinted reddish.

Identification difficulty

Mainly found in meadows.

When to see it

May and June.

Life History


UK Status

Very common throughout Britain

VC55 Status

Very common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 592 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map