SCIENTIFIC NAME: Rumex acetosa
COMMON NAME(S): Garden sorrel
FAMILY: POLYGONACEAE - Buckwheat family
HABITAT: Gardens as a salad vegetable, escaped to old fields and waste places
HEIGHT: 2-3' in flower, otherwise less than 1'
LEAVES: Basal until in flower, simple, broadly lance-shaped, to 8" long
FLOWERS: Small, male and female on separate plants, grouped on a branching flower stem
FLOWERING SEASON: Summer to fall
FRUITS: Small dry, single-seeded with papery round wings
ALLERGENIC PRINCIPLES: Pollen allergens; vegetative parts contain oxalates
ALLERGENIC PROPERTIES: Respiratory; dermatitis on contact
COMMENTS: Still used as a salad vegetable for the "bite" which the tart leaves give to a mix of bland greens. The juice of the leaves may cause dermatitis to sensitive persons. The abundant pollen is believed to be a contributor to pollinosis.