Irish wildflowers




Sheeps Sorrel
Rumex acetosella
Samhadh caorach
Family: Polygonaceae

Flowering time: May-August. Dioecious perennial. Native.

Red/pink flowers in loose upright spikes. Fruiting sepals slightly enlarged,
shorter than nut. Shiny, hairless hastate leaves, basal lobes spreading.
Erect stems, slender creeping rhizomes. Height: 7-30 cm.

Dry acidic ground. Heaths, shingle beaches, roadsides, nutrient-poor
grassland and arable land.

Similar: Common Sorrel, R. acetosa
     
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