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Sorrel - Red Sorrel

5 reviews

This is how we pack and send your Herb Plants to all states except TAS & WA



You will receive
- 1 Red Sorrel Herb Plant in a 50 X 75mm tube - General growing instructions

All of our Herb Plants are grown organically with certified organic potting mixes and fertilizers

Botanical Name: Rumex sanguineus

Red sorrel is an attractive herbaceous perennial and one of about 200 species belonging to the genus Rumex. It has the look of spinach, with the green leaves described as lance shaped, from 5-14 cm long. The characteristic red-purple veins are quite striking and may be more prominent in the summer months. This colouring also gives the red sorrel the names ‘bloody sorrel’, ‘bloody dock’ or ‘red veined dock’.

There are various reports on the height attained by red sorrel, but an average seems to be 60cm by 40cm wide. It may grow higher in good conditions with one meter recorded as maximum height. The plant itself spreads, with a rosette like base creating a clump of leaves above the taproot. The tall spikes of tiny, greenish flowers appear in summer. Small, brown fruits, containing seeds, appear after flowering.

Red sorrel is an attractive plant that does well in borders and adds a striking ornamental feature to any vegetable garden. Sorrels do contain oxalic acid, a poison, which may need consideration where animals are concerned. Intake of oxalic acid can affect the way other chemical are managed in the body. This can result in also mineral deficiency, even though it appears that there are no outward effects.

Growing Conditions

Red sorrel is generally a plant that requires little attention, doing well in warm climates and growing in cooler areas. In the tropical areas, it can be grown as a cool season annual. It prefers full sun, but this may depend upon how hot the garden aspect is. Sorrel can tolerate part shade and some gardeners recommend a sheltered position. Sorrel is considered vulnerable to frost and will need some cover or protection if it is to survive.

The best soil for red sorrel is one that is consistently moist, but well drained. Monitor watering, although sorrel will tolerate some dryness, the plants may wilt. The quality of the soil does not have to be rich, but the addition of animal manure will help improve lighter soils.

Sorrel is propagated by seed sown directly into the garden or by wind pollinated, self-sowing seed in later years. Seedlings should be thinned to approximately 30 cm apart. Mature plants can be divided and transplanted once the leaves and stems have been trimmed. The plants benefit form pruning after flowering to encourage new growth. If you do not wish sorrel to self-seed, remove the seed heads before the wind dispersal begins.

Culinary Uses

Red sorrel is considered to be an ornamental vegetable, rather than a culinary herb. In the past sorrel was a culinary herb, but it is known to contain oxalic acid, which gives the herb its lemony taste. The young leaves of sorrel can still be used sparingly in salads, but other varieties of sorrel may be more useful for most other culinary purposes. In general, sorrel may be used for sauces and soups, salads and omelettes. Some sources note that mild stomach ache may occur if sorrel is consumed.

Other Uses

Red sorrel is recommended as a semi-water plant, placed at the edge of a pond for added colour. It can take part shade so this is often helpful with pond plants.

 

All information provided on this website is for informational purposes only. Please seek professional advice before commencing any treatment.

Delivery

Our shipping costs are a flat rate, meaning you can add any amount of products to your order and you will pay the same.

Regular Post - $10.95
Express Post - $12.95 (If your order contains a plant express is required)

HERB PLANTS

We send (Australia wide, excluding Western Australia and Tasmania):

Monday and Tuesday (for all zones)

OTHER PRODUCTS

We send (Australia wide):

Monday to Friday

*Subjected to actual conditions. Find out more about our Delivery information.

Returns

If you are not 100% satisfied with your purchase, you can either return your order for a full refund or exchange it for online store credit.

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    ST
    08/30/2020
    Simone T.
    Australia Australia
    Super fast and fresh

    My delivery arrived really fast - and everything was beautiful and fresh. Thank you!

    A
    01/24/2020
    Anonymous
    Herbs

    The herbs I purchased arrived promptly and in great condition. The info on how to care for them was fantastic and they are now thriving. Will certainly buy fr9m this site again,

    A
    09/28/2019
    Anonymous
    great transaction

    Purchasing herbs from Mudbrick was a simple, easy process. They arrived very quickly and in great condition. The packaging and accompanying information with the herbs was very appreciated. Thank you, would recommend and will be buying from you again.

    MP
    02/18/2019
    Ms P.
    Sorrel - Red Sorrel

    The plant arrived in good condition and also of a good size and has thrived since planting. All good.

    PB
    03/20/2015
    Peter B.
    Red Sorell plant arrived healthy

    Red Sorell plant arrived healthy and is growing exceptionally well