‘Oseille Commune’

Sorrel / Oseille / Λάπατο


Common Name: Sorrel / Oseille / Λάπατο

Scientific Name: Rumex acetosa 


Plant’s cycle: Perennial

Light Requirement: full sun, semi-shade

Soil type: any soil type.

Sowing in nursery:   -

Direct Planting: Spring

Germination: 10 days after sowing

Harvest:   60 days after sowing


Flowers are dioecious (individual flowers are either male or female, but only one sex is to be found on any one plant so both male and female plants must be grown if seed is required)

Pollination: by wind

Plant is not self-fertile

Seed preservation: 4 years


Edible Parts: flowers, leaves, root, seed

Medicine: Anthelmintic;  Antiscorbutic;  Astringent;  Depurative;  Diuretic;  Febrifuge;  Homeopathy;  Laxative;  Refrigerant;  Stomachic.

The fresh or dried leaves are astringent, diuretic, laxative and refrigerant. They are used to make a cooling drink in the treatment of fevers and are especially useful in the treatment of scurvy. The leaf juice, mixed with fumitory, has been used as a cure for itchy skin and ringworm. An infusion of the root is astringent, diuretic and haemostatic. It has been used in the treatment of jaundice, gravel and kidney stones. A paste of the root is applied to set dislocated bones. The plant is depurative and stomachic.

Known Hazards: Plants can contain quite high levels of oxalic acid, which is what gives the leaves of many members of this genus an acid-lemon flavour. Perfectly alright in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since the oxalic acid can lock-up other nutrients in the food, especially calcium, thus causing mineral deficiencies. The oxalic acid content will be reduced if the plant is cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition.

Rumex acetosa