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SORREL:  Appreciated in many cultures (esp. in Europe, Africa and parts of Asia) for its sour early spring leaves, Green De Belleville is a hardy, fast growing French cultivar with bright green leaves to 8cm (3”) long.  (See Plant Info for a spring tonic soup recipe). 

Zone:  3-8

Height:  30-48cm (12-18”) 

Spread:  30-48cm (12-18”)

Bloom:  June- remove flower stalks to prolong tender leaf production

Light:  Full sun to part shade

Soil and moisture:  Tolerant of various soils; prefers moist, well-drained.

Garden locations:  This is an important permaculture plant.  Place it where it can develop a colony that's accessible for April-May harvest.

SORREL 'Green de Belleville' (Rumex acetosa)

  • Spring Tonic - FRENCH SORREL SOUP - serves 4


    • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
    • 1/2 cup chopped green onions, ramps or other wild onion
    • 4-6 cups chopped sorrel, packed
    • Salt
    • 3 tablespoons flour
    • 1 quart chicken stock or vegetable stock
    • 2 egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup cream


    Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a soup pot over medium heat. Add the green onions or ramp