Plant of Week 6: Sheep's Sorrel

Sheep's Sorrel is a perennial herb recognizable by long, arrow shaped leaves and clustered red flowers. It is a member of the buckwheat family, and the flowers look very similar. Sheep's Sorrel spreads through horizontal root systems, and has a tart, refreshing flavor.

Species: Rumex acetosella

HABITAT: Sheep's Sorrel is native to Europe and Asia, and was introduced to North America along with other areas of the world. It grows well in acidic, sandy soil and is often found in grasslands. 

IS IT EDIBLE?: Yes- the leaves have a lemony taste, and both leaves and seeds can be eaten raw or cooked.

IS IT MEDICINAL?: Sheep's Sorrel is often used as an alternative cancer treatment. It has also historically been used to treat inflammation and scurvy.