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Sorrel

Rumex spp.

Sorrel begins growth in early spring, providing salad greens when few other edibles are available. The plant thrives in full sun or partial shade, and it prefers moist soil. Some types can be grown in shallow water. Sorrel develops a mound of foliage that grows 12-18 inches tall, and it sends up a flower stalk with green flowers that mature to reddish-brown seeds. Remove seed stalks to prevent the plant from self-sowing. 

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Part Sun, Sun

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Height:

Under 6 inches to 3 feet

Width:

12-24 inches wide

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Zones:

3-8

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more varieties for sorrel

Bloody dock
Bloody dock
Rumex sanguineus is also known as red-vein dock because it has deep green leaves with contrasting deep red to maroon veins. This species is grown more for its ornamental value than for culinary purposes. While perfectly at home in the perennial border, it also can be grown in shallow water in the water garden. Zones 5-8
French sorrel
French sorrel
Rumex scutatus is a low-acid species well suited to the vegetable and herb garden. It is also sometimes called buckler sorrel or shield-leaf sorrel, a reference to its shield-shape green leaves. The young leaves impart a tangy flavor with hints of lemon. Old leaves may become bitter. French sorrel grows 1 foot tall and wide. Zones 4-9

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Astilbe
The feathery flowers and compound foliage of astilbe contrast beautifully with the coarse leaves of sorrel. Both species prefer consistently moist soil.
Hosta
The big, bold leaves of hosta make a beautiful foliage contrast to sorrel growing in part shade. Pair variegated forms of hosta with bloody dock for a colorful combination from foliage alone.
Coralbells
Purple-leaf and silvery forms of coralbells team nicely with sorrel to make an attractive edging or front-of-border statement in the perennial garden.

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