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Rumex acetosa
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This article is about the common sorrel plant. For the Oxalis plant, see wood sorrel.

Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Sorrel. Various species of Rumex (which see) produce large thick acid leaves which are prized for salads or for "greens." Leaves of some of the native or naturalized species are gathered as pot-herbs in many parts of the country. In the Old World, however, several species are regularly cultivated in kitchen-gardens; in this country these cultivated species are relatively little known. They are perennials of the very easiest culture. Usually they persist for a number of years after well established, giving an abundance of soft edible leaves early in the spring when herbage is scarce. They are usually grown from seeds, and plants fit for cutting may be had when the plants are one or two years old. Plants should be placed at one side of the garden where they will not interfere with the regular tillage. No special treatment is demanded. When they begin to show signs of failing, new plants should be started or the old ones may be taken up and divided. The rows should stand about 18 inches apart. Do not let the plants exhaust themselves by seed-bearing. The spinach dock (Rumex Patientia) is one of the best and earliest. The belleville (Rumex Acetosa) is also an excellent plant for the home-garden and has the advantage of following the other as a succession. Various other species may be had of European seed-dealers. See Dock and Rumex. CH

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