The Main Plant entry for Wood Sorrels (Oxalis)

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Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Flowers: Showy
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Other: Blooms intermittently throughout the year; some oxalis will bloom all year if given enough light
Uses: Groundcover
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Wildlife Attractant: Birds
Toxicity: Other: All plants containing oxalic acid can be toxic to humans if enough is ingested.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: bulblets, tubers
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 25, 2012 4:21 AM

Some species of Lepidoptera deposit their eggs in Oxalis.

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Posted by Marilyn (Northern KY - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:00 PM

"Oxalis is by far the largest genus in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae: of the approximately 900 known species in the Oxalidaceae, 800 belong here. The genus occurs throughout most of the world, except for the polar areas; species diversity is particularly rich in tropical Brazil, Mexico and South Africa.

Many of the species are known as wood sorrels (sometimes written "woodsorrels" or "wood-sorrels") as they have an acidic taste reminiscent of the unrelated sorrel proper (Rumex acetosa). Some species are called yellow sorrels or pink sorrels after the color of their flowers instead. Other species are colloquially known as false shamrocks, and some called sourgrasses. For the genus as a whole, the term oxalises is also used.

Tuberous woodsorrels provide food for certain small herbivores – such as the Montezuma Quail (Cyrtonyx montezumae). The foliage is eaten by some Lepidoptera, such as the Polyommatini Pale Grass Blue (Pseudozizeeria maha) – which feeds on creeping wood sorrel and others – and Dark Grass Blue (Zizeeria lysimon).

Oxalis species are susceptible to rust (Puccinia oxalidis)."

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