The flowers emerge from a tall, upright stem. Female flowers are maroon in color.
It has green arrowhead-shaped leaves and red-tinted deeply ridged stems, and it sprouts from an aggressive rhizome. The leaves are edible, imparting a pleasing, tart taste, but should not be eaten in large quantities. The tartness is due to the presence of oxalates which are also responsible for its toxicity.
It favors moist soil, so it thrives in floodplains and near marshes
Regional data: Southeastern Pennsylvania: (invasive or naturalized) May, June, July New Hampshire: (invasive or naturalized) May, June, July
This page is a profile for the plant species Rumex acetosella, used to collect records of where and when this plant was observed blooming, and for providing identification information for use in dichotomous keys. If you would like to help collect data for this or other plants, see Bloom clock project/How to Contribute for orientation.