Creeping Wood Sorrel (Oxalis corniculata) in the Wood Sorrels Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Oxalis corniculata Accepted
Oxalis corniculata var. corniculata Synonym
Oxalis corniculata var. atropurpurea Synonym
Oxalis radicosa Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Partial or Dappled Shade
Partial Shade to Full Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4b -31.7 °C (-25 °F) to -28.9 °C (-20 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 2 to 8 inches
Plant Spread: 8-10 inches
Leaves: Other: Trifoliate
Fruit: Pops open explosively when ripe
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Yellow
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Other: Blooms intermittently throughout the year; some oxalis will bloom all year if given enough light
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Groundcover
Medicinal Herb
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Eating Methods: Raw
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Toxicity: Other: All plants containing oxalic acid can be toxic to humans if enough is ingested.
Propagation: Seeds: Self fertile
Depth to plant seed: Very thin soil cover
Suitable for wintersowing
Sow in situ
Start indoors
Can handle transplanting
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Stolons and runners
Other: bulblets, tubers
Pollinators: Self
Various insects
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant


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Posted by jmorth (central Illinois) on Mar 3, 2013 8:24 PM

Leaves are edible and contain a large amount of Vit. C; have a tangy taste of lemon. Can make lemonade type drink by infusing leaves 10 minutes in hot water, sweeten and chill.
The narrow cylindrical fruit capsule is noteworthy due to its explosive discharge of seed.
Usually considered a weed.

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