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Sheep Sorrel – Rumex Acetosella

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Sheep Sorrel is a native of Eurasia, where it grows as a perennial weed in native plains where sheep graze. It is known to contain cancer-fighting antioxidants, as well as having lots of essential Vitamins. Sheep Sorrel will grow in clumps 10-40 cm tall, enjoying acid to neutral pH soils. A strong root system means the plant thrives in disturbed and less than ideal soil conditions. In spring, it sends out a whorl of flowers on long stalks.

Sheep Sorrel likes full sun and airy conditions, and can be a valuable addition to a medicinal and edible garden. Leaves can be eaten raw or steamed/boiled to remove oxalic acid.