The Main Plant entry for Wood Sorrels (Oxalis)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Wood Sorrels.

General Plant Information (Edit)
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
Offsets
Bulbs
Other: bulblets, tubers
Miscellaneous: Goes Dormant

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Common names
  • Wood-Sorrel
  • Sheep Grass
  • Toad Sorrel
  • Ladies' Sorrel

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Location: southern england
Date: 2018-05-21
growing from cracks in paving stones
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-25
Location: Amelia Island , Florida
Date: 2015-12-24
dew drops on leaves
Location: Nationale Plantentuin Meise (Brussels)
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-03-29
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-03-10
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-01-19
Location: Coimbra, Portugal
Date: 2023-06-09
Location: Fairfax, VA | August, 2022
Date: 2022-08-14
Uploaded by Hamwild
Location: central Illinois-Washington Park Botanical Garden -Springfield, Il.
Date: 2015-12-05
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-03-10

Oxalis kasvogdensis. Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs

Oxalis kasvogdensis. Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-01-29
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-12-10
Location: Kentucky
Location: Sebastian, Florida
Date: 2017-02-24
Location: Daytona Beach, Florida
Date: 2014-03-04
Oxalis corniculata blooms
Location: central Illinois - Washington Park Botanical Garden
Date: 2014-03-22

Oxalis flava Lavender Form (L. lupinifolia). Photo courtesy of Te

Oxalis flava Pink Form. Photo courtesy of Telos Rare Bulbs
Location: Plano, TX
Date: 2016-09-23
Uploaded by sedumzz

Date: 2014-03-03
Location: Port Orange, Florida
Date: 2018-02-15
Location: Sebastian,  Florida
Date: 2011-02-28
Location: Manitoba, Canada
Date: 2015-07-27
Location: North Louisiana
Date: 2020-03-29
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-12-10
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-12-10
Location: my garden 
Date: 2015-12-10
Location: San Diego, California
Date: 2015-01-09
Blooms of Oxalis pes-capre

Date: 2007-01-28
Photo: L. Shyamal
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-21
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-10-21
Location: Georgia U.S
Date: 2017-05-03
Found in GA along trails Similar to clover in shape. What is the

Date: 2014-03-03

Date: 2014-03-03
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-10-04
Location: Amelia Island , Florida
Date: 2015-12-24
Location: MOBOT -   St Louis
Date: 2013-02-28
blooms above/in wormwood foliage
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-08-06
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Comments:
  • Posted by Marilyn (Kentucky - Zone 6a) on May 21, 2013 9:00 PM concerning plant:
    "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)."

    Taken from wikipedia's page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O...

  • Posted by sedumzz (Fairfax VA - Zone 7a) on Dec 7, 2021 3:09 PM concerning plant:
    Here are main types of Oxalis.... These are not official but are useful in understanding their habits.

    Bulb Type:
    Most oxalis have bulbs, but this type is specifically as in each "stem" is a petiole, with one leaf on top. Most of these types have dormancy and dormancy is hard to avoid/skip.

    Fan Type:
    The word "fan" is not official by any means. This type is included in "Bulb Type". Most of these types have bulbs, and many are alpine plants. This type of oxalis has more than 3-4 leaflets, giving it a fan shape. One example is Oxalis adenophylla. Dormancy cannot be skipped easily.

    Upright Type:
    This type has above-ground stems. One example is Oxalis vulcanicola. This type has dormancy, but most of the time dormancy can be easily skipped.

    Trailing Type:
    This type is a smaller group of "Upright Type." This type trails on the ground.
  • Posted by SongofJoy (Clarksville, TN - Zone 6b) on Dec 25, 2012 4:21 AM concerning plant:
    Some species of Lepidoptera deposit their eggs in Oxalis.
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