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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Moderately acid (5.6 – 6.0)
Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 7b
Plant Height: 1.50 to 2 feet
Plant Spread: 1.50 to 2 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Fruiting Time: Summer
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Green
Other: Green, maturing to reddish shades.
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Uses: Culinary Herb
Will Naturalize
Suitable as Annual
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Pollinators: Wind
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots
Miscellaneous: Dioecious

photo credit: H. Zell

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Posted by Sharon (Calvert City, KY - Zone 7a) on Dec 3, 2011 1:51 AM

Sorrel came to the new world as a salad green. Mashed sorrel leaves mixed with vinegar and sugar were popular as a green sauce with cold meat. The herb's sharp taste is due to its oxalic acid and Vitamin C content. Because of the vitamin content it was used in folk medicine to prevent scurvy. It is toxic to some extent, but the toxicity can be reduced by parboiling before cooking.

Research has determined that sorrel does contain chemical compounds that have mild antiseptic effect and also act as a laxative.

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