True French Sorrel (and Your Garden on Toast)

True French sorrel (Rumex scutatus) is one of those things in my garden that’s very underused, but when I do use it, I wonder why I don’t do it more often. The leafy herb is not to be confused with what’s sometimes called French sorrel, but is really common sorrel or garden sorrel (Rumex acetosa). There is only one French sorrel — True French sorrel, that is — with leaves that are small and shaped like a shield (scutatus is Latin for “armed with a shield”). Or, shaped like a teddy bear the other way around. The whole plant grows low to the ground (almost like a creeping vine, but non-invasive) no taller than 6 to 12 inches. You can divide the clump every couple of years and it will re-grow with vigor. As a perennial, it … Continue reading True French Sorrel (and Your Garden on Toast)