Wild Flowers Of Strathclyde Park


Rumex acetosa
of the Dock family
a perennial
50 -100 cm high
blooms May - August
likes grassy places
can be seen around the Pond

The name 'acetosa' refers to the acidic nature of the leaves of this plant. This is due to oxalic acid. In medieval times this property was used in food flavouring in much the same way as lemons are used now. Sorrel leaves were also used as a stain remover-again made possible due to their acidity. Roman soldiers used to suck on the leaves to soothe their thirst-a fact indicated in the other part of the scientific name, 'Rumex', from 'rumo' meaning 'to suck'.