Flora of Northern Ireland
Rumex acetosa
(Map updated: March 2008)

An upright perennial species with flowers and fruit rather like those of the docks. Separate male and female flowers are produced, which are borne on separate male and female plants.

The leaf is elongated-oval in shape with two backward-directed pointed lobes at the base. The leaf is also sharp-tasting and can be used as a substitute for the true, or French, sorrel (R. scutatus which does not grow in Ireland) in salads. This flavour gives the plant its alternative name of sour-leeks or sour-licks.

Common sorrel is found frequently in meadows, pastures, on sand dunes and in a wide variety of other grassy places.

All names: Rumex acetosa L.