Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)is an introduced species with arrowhead shaped leaves that spreads by underground runners. The female flowers (there are separate male and female plants) are burgundy red and the plant is not unattractive when in bloom. It is a very adaptable species, and grows in a wide variety of habitats. Here it grows in cracks in the bedrock in our Garry Oak meadow. The leaves are edible, and lemony-tart and make a good addition to a salad, soup or as a component of a salad dressing. Note however that they are high in oxalic acid, which is toxic in large quantities, so use in moderation. Other common names include Red Sorrel, Common Sorrel and Field Sorrel.
Two biologists on a beautiful property armed with cameras, smart phones and a marginal knowledge of websites took up the challenge of documenting one species a day on that property. Join along! Posts and photographs by Leah Ramsay and David Fraser (unless otherwise stated; started January 1, 2014.