Latin: Rumex acetosa L.

Synonyms: Sour sabs, sour grabs, green sauce, cuckoo sorrow, sour suds.

Botanical Description:

  • 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.


  • Saponins.

  • Flavonoids.


  • Commonly used as a food stuff.

  • Used topically for skin complaints.

  • Domestic use as a soap substitute.


  • Generally considered safe – widely consumed.