I would like to identify a herb
last October I purchased an herb from a herb grower in a country town in Queensland. It was labled as French Sorrell but it does not look like and of the information I have soursed on Google. Its tipical growth habit is long thin wispy stalks with tiny little leaves about the size of green peas, all growing wonderfully in a thick clump about 600ml high and 400ml in diameter. Coming out from the base of the clump all around are larger leaves about 3cm accross. Is this a form of French Sorrell and can I use it for the same salad recipes etc. as the other sorrells I read about?
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Can you send us an image? That would aid in identification.
Types of Sorrel
Garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa) is also called English sorrel or common sorrel. A perennial valued for its early spring greens, garden sorrel is available as a seed-sterile variety called ‘Profusion.’ Cutting off flower spikes to prevent unwanted reseeding is the biggest challenge to growing garden sorrel.
French sorrel (R. scutatus) has distinctly arrow-shaped leaves, and strains have been selected for low oxalic acid content. Like garden sorrel, French sorrel can become invasive if reseeding is not controlled.
Blood sorrel (R. sanguineus), also called red sorrel, makes a beautiful ornamental to grow in partial shade, but the leaves are only edible when very young. Some tangy mesclun mixtures include red sorrel.