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Common sorrel is an erect perennial, native in a wide range of grassy places including grass leys. It is found in open woodland, woodland rides and edges, in maritime and river shingle, and on mountain ledges. Common sorrel is tolerant of shade and can survive under bracken. It is most frequent on mildly acidic soils of pH 5.0 to 7.0. It is generally found on grass leys but is only a casual on arable land. It is recorded up to 4,050 ft in Britain.
Common sorrel has a fibrous root system and in a well-drained soil the rooting pattern is relatively superficial. It occurs on damp soils but unlike some other Rumex spp., common sorrel does not develop flood-resistant roots in response to waterlogging. The primary lateral roots will die within 1-2 weeks if flooding persists. Common sorrel exhibits much morphological variation but does not hybridise with related species.
Common sorrel has been used as a salad plant and in sauce making. However, the high level of oxalates in combination with anthracene derivatives can make the leaves potentially toxic to man and animals if eaten in excess. If consumed in large quantities by cattle and sheep, the oxalate content of common sorrel can cause calcium deficiency which gives symptoms similar to milk fever.
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Habitat; A tall short-lived grassland perennial, Common sorrel is found in a wide variety of habitats across the British Isles but is particularly characteristic of meadows and pastures. Although it can be established on calcareous sites it thrives best on neutral to slightly acidic soils. Regeneration is mainly by seeds which are produced in quantity. Common sorrel is wind pollinated and is an important larval food plant of the small copper butterfly.
Common Sorrel seeds should be sown in spring, either outside, where they are to flower, or in seed trays and covered lightly with compost. Common Sorrel seeds are usually easy to germinate and the seedlings, which are quick to develop, can be pricked out and grown on, for planting out later in the year.