Rumex scutatus

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Rumex scutatus
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Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Order: Caryophyllales
Family: Polygonaceae
Genus: Rumex
R. scutatus
Binomial name
Rumex scutatus
  • Acetosa hortensis Garsault nom. inval.
  • Acetosa scutata (L.) Mill.
  • Rumex aetnensis C.Presl
  • Rumex glaucus Jacq.

Rumex scutatus is a plant in the buckwheat family, used as a culinary herb. Its common names include French sorrel,[2] buckler sorrel, shield-leaf sorrel, and sometimes the culinary name "green-sauce".[3]

As a culinary herb, it is used mainly in salads. The flavour of French sorrel is slightly bitter or tangy, spiced with a hint of lemon; the sharp flavour is due to oxalic acid.[4] French sorrel is hardy in most regions, tolerating frost, full sun and short dry spells.[5] It grows quickly to a clump up to 1 metre (3.3 ft) in diameter, with long leaves up to 10 centimetres (4 in) in width. It is sometimes preferred for culinary uses to Rumex acetosa, garden sorrel.[6]


  1. ^ The Plant List: A Working List of All Plant Species, retrieved 10 May 2016
  2. ^ "Rumex scutatus". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 26 October 2015.
  3. ^ Robert Hooper, Lexicon medicum, 1829 s.v. Rumex scutatus
  4. ^ The New Oxford Book of Food Plants, p 199, J. G. Vaughn and C. Geissler, OUP, Oxford, 1997, ISBN 0-19-854825-7.
  5. ^ Welcome to Jekka's Herb Farm | Specialising in Organic, Culinary, Aromatic, Decorative and Medicinal Herbs
  6. ^ Plants for a Future, retrieved 13 May 2016