Common sorrel is often found in grassland or at the edge of a woodland. It is a perennial with narrow, dark green leaves and the tiny crimson flowers are borne on the upright stems. They add a lovely touch of colour to grassland in late spring and early summer. It is easy to grow, and will be quite happy in most soil types if well drained. After flowering there are small red, green or cream winged seeds that are easily carried on the wind.
The leaves of Common sorrel form a rosette that remain evergreen throughout the winter months. They create a welcome winter haven for mini beasts.
The leaves have a culinary use, however the older leaves are best when cooked as they are rather sour if eaten raw! Young sorrel leaves can be used as a garnish, a salad leaf, or even as a sweet ingredient for cakes and sorbets.