Rumex acetosella

Red Sorrel


Cow Sorrel, Field Sorrel, Horse Sorrel, Red-weed, Sheep Sorrel, Sour-grass, Sour weed

Life cycle: Perennial
Growth Habit: Basal rosette with an erect flowering stem
Propagation: Seed and rhizome s
Leaf Margin: Smooth
Leaf Hairs: None
Leaf Structure: Arrowhead-like with protrusions toward the base
Leaf Arrangement: Whorled rosette
Root Type: Taproot with numerous rhizomes
Flower Color: Yellowish-green (male) and reddish-brown (female)


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Herbicidal Control Options

  • Preemergence: Bensulide, Dithiopyr, Isoxaben, Oryzalin, Prodiamine, Pronamide, Simazine
  • Post Emergence: 2,4-D, Bentazon, Bromoxynil, Carfentrazone, Chlorsulfuron, Clopyralid, Dicamba, MCPA, Mecoprop-p, Metribuzin, Sulfentrazone, Sulfosulfuron, Triclopyr, Trifloxysulfuron

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