Red Sorrel

Biological Name:

Rumex acetosella (Red-Sorrel)

Natural Habitat:

Red-Sorrel: This plant is a type of herb that is native to many parts of the world, and it typically grows in moist or wet areas such as meadows, fields, and roadsides. It can also be found in gardens, along the edges of forests and woodlands, and along streams and rivers.


Red-Sorrel is a small green weed that is commonly found in gardens and lawns. It has small red flowers and grows in dense clusters. The weed is often mistaken for other plants such as clover or plantain because it has a similar appearance. It is typically found in areas with moist soil and is often considered a nuisance weed because it can be difficult to remove.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can you eat red sorrel?
A: Red veined sorrel is a knockout in the garden! This edible ornamental forms dense clumps of lime green leaves highlighted by deep red veins. Those leaves can be harvested to add a tart lemony flavor to salads, sandwiches, and soups or used make a tasty pesto.

Q: Who should not eat sorrel?
A: Speak with a healthcare professional before using sorrel if you have ever had or are at risk of getting kidney stones. Surgery: Sorrel can slow blood clotting. This might cause extra bleeding during and after surgery. Stop using sorrel at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.

Q: Does sorrel have side effects?
A: Wood sorrel is UNSAFE, especially when used when used in higher doses. Wood sorrel can cause diarrhea, nausea, increased urination, skin reactions, stomach and intestine irritation, eye damage, and kidney damage. Swelling of the mouth, tongue, and throat can make speaking and breathing difficult.

Q: Does sorrel raise blood pressure?
A: It also has key B-vitamins like niacin and folic acid, and can lower blood pressure. Sorrel is a known anti-inflammatory: The ascorbic acid and other compounds in sorrel make it a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial drink.

Q: Does sorrel give you energy?
A: Vitamin B2 in Sorrel: It allows the body to get energy during exercise from the fat that is stored in the body. It prevents cell damage.

Q: Is sorrel good for a detox?
A: A. Yes, sorrel is a rich source of vitamin C. According to USDA, a 100g serving of sorrel contains 48 mg of vitamin C. Due to its high vitamin C content, sorrel can help detoxify the body and help improve skin health.

Q: Does sorrel boost your immune system?
A: Supports your immune system Sorrel’s high in vitamin C, an antioxidant that’s like a superhero to the immune system. It also helps the body heal wounds, fight infections, and absorb more iron from food.

Q: What is red sorrel used for?
A: Red sorrel contains good amounts of vitamins C and A and some B vitamins. It is known for its antioxidant, diuretic, detoxifying, laxative, and astringent properties and has historically been used to treat inflammation, scurvy, and digestive issues.

Q: What are the health benefits of sorrel?
A: Improve Eyesight. Save. … Help In Weight Loss. … Detoxify Your Body. … Prevent Cancer And Tumor. … Lower Blood Pressure. … Reduce Cold Sores And Fever Blisters. … Cure Skin Diseases. … Helpful In Reducing Milk Flow.

Q: Can you eat red veined sorrel raw?
A: It can be eaten raw or cooked. Again, red-vein sorrel has a milder flavor and is delicious eaten raw. I love chopping a few sorrel leaves (both green and red-vein) and mixing it in with my salad. It adds a bright, lemony tangy that I really enjoy.

Q: Is sorrel good for your blood?
A: It’s full of minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. It also has key B-vitamins like niacin and folic acid, and can lower blood pressure. Sorrel is a known anti-inflammatory: The ascorbic acid and other compounds in sorrel make it a potent anti-inflammatory and antibacterial drink.

Q: Is sorrel A Superfood?
A: Hibiscus flower (Hibiscus sabdariffa) tea or sorrel is a Christmas time favourite that will keep your health in bloom. This superfood is high in vitamin C and other antioxidants, and is used medicinally to treat a host of common ailments.

Q: Is sorrel a detox?
A: Sorrel can be used as a detoxifying food as it is rich in vitamin C. Sorrel is an excellent diuretic and purgative since it contains flavonoids and other antioxidants. This aids in the elimination of toxic poisons from the body. Protocatechuic acid, found in sorrel leaves, assists in bodily detoxification.

Q: Is red sorrel invasive?
A: It is reported invasive in AZ, CT, HI, NY, OR, TN, VA, WA, WI, and WV. Ecological Impacts: It can spread extensively, especially on acidic and nutrient-deficient soils.

Q: Where is the best place to plant sorrel?
A: Sorrel thrives in a sunny or partially-shady spot, in fertile and moisture-retentive soil. It can be grown from seed, but as a perennial plant, you could also take a rooted cutting or a division from an existing plant. Sow sorrel seeds in spring, a few in small pots filled with seed compost, cover and water well.

Q: Does sorrel come back every year?
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Q: Is sorrel toxic to humans?
A: Sorrel is POSSIBLY UNSAFE when taken by mouth in large amounts, since it might increase the risk of developing kidney stones. There is also a report of death after consuming a large amount (500 grams) of sorrel.

Q: Is red sorrel poisonous?
A: Red sorrel is considered safe for human consumption as a fresh herb or when boiled, but there is potential for poisoning of livestock. Species of Rumex owe their toxicity to soluble oxalates.

Q: How do I get rid of red sorrel in my lawn?
A: You can dig out sheep sorrel but you need to remove all of the rhizomes; any pieces left can sprout and grow into new plants. Chemical controls such as roundup can be used, but only when the plant is growing, and several applications may be needed to kill the rhizomes.

Q: How do I get rid of red sorrel in my garden?
A: To control sorrel, spray with Yates Zero Ultra Tough RTU. For dense stands or large infestations, use Yates Zero Super Concentrate. Apply to actively growing plants, spraying all foliage until just wet. Repeat treatments may be required.

About the author

Samuel is a gardening professional and enthusiast who has spent over 20 years advising homeowners and farm owners on weed identification, prevention and removal. He has an undergraduate degree in plant and soil science from Michigan State University.