Latin: Rumex acetosa L.
Synonyms: Sour sabs, sour grabs, green sauce, cuckoo sorrow, sour suds.
Generally found growing widely in meadows – especially in iron rich soil.
Grows up to about 60cm, with arrow shaped leaves and slender stems.
Reddish flowers appear in whorled spikes June – July.
Parts used: Herb, root.
Commonly used as a food stuff.
Used topically for skin complaints.
Domestic use as a soap substitute.
Generally considered safe – widely consumed.