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Violet Woodsorrel


Native Growing Area

Scientific Name: Oxalis violacea

Common Names: Violet Woodsorrel


Oxalis violacea, the violet woodsorrel, is a perennial plant native to the United States and Canada. Similar in appearance to small clovers such as the shamrock, the plant bears violet colored flowers among three-parted leaves having heart-shaped leaflets. It is sometimes otherwise known as sour grass, sour trefoil, and shamrock.

Wood sorrel emerges in early spring from an underground bulb, and grows to an average height of approximately 7 inches.

All parts of the plant are edible; flowers, leaves, stems and bulb, and has a sour juice. It has a tendency to cluster in shady places in damp woods. This plant should not be eaten in large quantities at one time because of its high concentration of "salt of lemons" or oxalic acid, which is poisonous. Moderate use should prove no harm.

Bloom Color(s): violet

Plant Height: 7 in.

Duration: Perennial

Bloom Period: April to June

Plant Family: Oxalidaceae

Growth Habit: Forb/herb

Sightings: West Bellmeade Place

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