Common Sorrel - Rumex acetosa subsp. acetosa

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    Mainly found in meadows.

    When to see it

    May and June.

    Life History

    Perennial.

    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

    UK Map