Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)
Copyright: Fred Miller
This perennial grass is commonly found in grasslands, woodlands, and fields. The interesting leaves are arrow-shaped and the stems are tinted red. The male (yellow-orange flowers) and female (red-orange flowers) grow as two separate plants and are wind pollinated. It spreads by underground stolons and can be difficult to maintain. Sheep’s Sorrel is an herb used as a diuretic, and is used in the treatment of inflammation, diarrhea, fever, and cancer. This is a unique grass to include in naturalized areas as well as butterfly gardens.
Sheep Sorrel is a Host Plant for:American Copper, and more
Sheep Sorrel Specifications:
Color(s): Yellow-orange & red-orange
Sun Exposure: Sun, partial shade
Average Height: 1 ft.
Average Spread: 1 ft.
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 2 to 10
Note: Can be toxic to livestock if eaten in large amounts