Sheep's Sorrel - Rumex acetosella


Low to short, slender, tufted plant with erect stems. Leaves arrow shaped with basal lobes spreading, or pointing forward. Flowers greenish but turning red, with male and female flowers on separate plants.

Similar Species

Common Sorrel is larger and has leaves with the basal leaf lobes pointing backwards (sideways of forwards in Sheep's Sorrel).

Identification difficulty

Dry meadows, grassy heaths, bare places.

When to see it

May to August.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and frequent throughout Britain, particularly in the west.

VC55 Status

Frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 240 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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