Sorrel (Rumex spp.)

General Information

Family: Buckwheat family (Polygonaceae)
Flowering period in Central Europe: Early spring to late summer
Months: 4–8

Allergy potential
Low allergenicity. Often superimposed by grass pollen allergies.

Possible cross-reaction with pollen from olive and goosefoot plants.

Botanical Information

Nearly 200 species worldwide.

Habit — Perennial, herbaceous. Foliage — Leaves elongated, leaf margin entire to wavy. Reproduction — Broad and raceme-like overall inflorescence with pseudo-whorled partial inflorescences, hermaphroditic, bell-shaped flowers, three-angled nut fruits.

Common species in Europe

Common sorrel (Rumex acetosa).
Habit — Perennial, herbaceous. Foliage — Leaves elongated elliptical near base, upper leaves arrow-shaped. Habitats - Acidic soils (pH below 7), moist meadows, roadsides. Flowering period in Central Europe — May to August.