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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Herb/Forb
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Dry Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 4a -34.4 °C (-30 °F) to -31.7 °C (-25 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9a
Leaves: Spring ephemeral
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: violet
Bloom Size: 1"-2"
Flower Time: Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Bulb
Suitable Locations: Xeriscapic
Uses: Groundcover
Dried Flower
Will Naturalize
Edible Parts: Leaves
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: All plants containing oxalic acid can be toxic to humans if enough is ingested.
Propagation: Seeds: Stratify seeds: Needs 2 months cold moist treatment.
Propagation: Other methods: Division
Other: bulblets, tubers
Pollinators: Bees
Miscellaneous: Tolerates poor soil
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Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 23, 2011 8:02 PM

Violet Wood Sorrel is a herbaceous perennial native to North America. It grows to about 6" tall with grayish green leaves and little violet-pink bell shaped flowers with greenish-white centers and bright yellow anthers. The plant spreads by runners from little bulbs beneath the soil. The flowers attract bees, small butterflies and skippers.

I spotted this plant growing in a shady spot behind my neighbor's shed when I was at the fence talking to her one day this past spring. We both admired the pretty little blooms and noticed a little butterfly flitting back and forth between flowers.

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Posted by Cyclaminist (Minneapolis, Minnesota - Zone 5a) on May 21, 2016 10:52 PM

Stunningly beautiful color, almost magenta. (Or maybe that's just the ones I've seen.) A native plant that sends leaf and flower stems directly from a tiny, white, loose-scaled bulb.

In the wild, I think it grows and blooms in spring and early summer, then goes dormant when soil dries out a bit over the summer. But with summer irrigation, it grows through the summer, spreads a great deal, and becomes rather weedy. I've seen this at Gardens of Rice Creek in Fridley, Minnesota.

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