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Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
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)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 10b
Plant Height: 12 - 24 inches, to 36 inches with flower stalk.
Fruit: Other: Small, dry achenes; red in color.
Fruiting Time: Summer
Late summer or early fall
Flowers: Inconspicuous
Flower Color: Red
Other: Male flowers are yellowish-green, Female flowers are reddish in color.
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Underground structures: Rhizome
Uses: Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Dynamic Accumulator: P (Phosphorus)
Ca (Calcium)
Na (Sodium)
Resistances: Humidity tolerant
Drought tolerant
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Pollinators: Wind
Miscellaneous: Dioecious


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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-04
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Location: Fountain, FloridaDate: 2012-04-04
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Location: garden - full sunDate: 2018-01-02Weed 1
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Posted by dragonfly53 (virginia - Zone 7a) on Apr 25, 2013 12:21 PM

My local Ag people say that Red Sorrell is a sign of an acidic soil, which is common in our area. I was told this on a tour of our local botanical garden, during a Master Gardener class

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