Rumex scutatus
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Rumex scutatus

French sorrel

  family polygonaceae 
  genus rumex 

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Identification
Genus  Rumex Species  scutatus Variety  Cultivar  Common names  French sorrel Family  POLYGONACEAE Specimen number  S12061 Data source  CrscntBlm;HtZn p164;UnVeg p369
 
Life cycle
Life form  Terrestrial Life cycle  Annual Life span  1 year Annual cycle  Not applicable Stature  Flower Growth form  Not applicable Growth habit  Various Overall height  1' - 3' Overall spread   
 
Climate
Sunshine  Full sun Water  Moist Optimal soil texture  Soil texture 04 Acceptable soil pH  Neutral USDA hardiness  USDA zones 04a-08b AHS heat zones  Heat zones 12-02 Sunset climate zones  Not classified
 
Garden
Suitable for gardens  yes Nursery  Hiro's friend Compost  no Size at acquisition  4 inch pot Garden location  Herb garden Garden notes  Rumex scutatus can survive very cold winters with annual averages as low as -30 Fahrenheit. It needs a bit of a cold spell with temperatures below 15 Fahrenheit to do its best. French sorrel needs summer days with high heat. Full sun is needed for this plant to do its best. It needs soil that is moist.
 
Special qualities
Tolerates drought  no Tolerates high humidity  no Tolerates seaside conditions  no Insect resistant  no Disease resistant  no Deer resistant  no Best uses    Symbiosis  Attracts butterflies  no Attracts hummingbirds  no Autumn foliage  no Colorful berries  no Desirable qualities    Other interest    Other interest color  Other interest period   
 
Adverse factors
Common pests  Poisonous parts  Poisonous indications  Internal poison  no Dermatologic poison  no Livestock poison  no Mechanical injury  no Hay fever pollen    Hay fever season    Adverse qualities   
 
Herbal medicine
Medicinal properties  Medicinal parts  Has medicinal uses  no Do not self-administer  no Do no use if pregnant  no Legally restricted  no Toxicity precautions  Medicinal notes  It is tart and juicy. The list of beneficial vitamins and minerals found in Rumex scutatus is impressive; notably vitamin A, vitamin C and iron are all present. French sorrel is most often used as a flavoring. This plant is most often used cooked.
 
Traditional uses
Parts used  Traditional uses  Contemporary uses  Fragrance  sour lemon tasting leaves Fragrance parts  Leaves Fragrance intensity    Fragrance category    Dye parts  Dye color 
 
Cultivation
Propagule  Seed Pollination method    Planting style  Clumps Crop spacing  4" Row spacing    Cold frame  8 to 10 weeks Planting period  May 01 - May 31 Harvesting period    Frost tolerance  Hardy Heat requirement  Any Fertilizer  Nitrogen Time to harvest  spring to fall
 
Nutrition
Is edible  yes Culinary uses  Cooked   Flavoring Nutritional value  Vitamin A   Vitamin C   Iron Edible parts  Leaves Description of edible parts Flavor / texture  tart and juicy
 
Horticulture
Horticulture notes  The best month for planting is May. When planted agriculturally, space the plants 4" apart. Harden in a cold frame for 8 to 10 weeks prior to setting out. Nitrogen is required for optimal growth. The best harvesting period is spring to fall. Propagation of Rumex scutatus can be achieved by seed.
 
Herbarium
Tag needs printing  no Collection notes  Rumex scutatus has an annual life cycle. Leaves: French sorrel has shield shaped leaves.

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