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Oxalis violacea


The green, shamrock-like leaves of Oxalis violacea give rise to lavender or rose-pink flowers in spring.

The green, shamrock-like leaves of Oxalis violacea give rise to charming lavender or rose-pink flowers with greenish yellow throats in spring with possible rebloom in fall. Known as violet wood sorrel, it is native to most of the US east of the Rockies as well as parts of eastern Canada. It forms an attractive, indefinitely spreading groundcover. All parts of the plant are apparently edible offering a pleasant, sour taste to salads, for instance. It was a traditional food source of Native American peoples.

Common Name: Violet Wood Sorrel

Family: Oxalidaceae (The Oxalis Family)

Zone Hardiness: 5-9

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Sun

Height: 4-8"

Width: 12-24"

Primary Bloom Colour: Pink

Secondary Bloom Colour: Purple

Class: Deciduous

Type: Tender

Bloom Time: Spring

Soil Moisture: Moist, Average, Dry

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: No



Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Dryish, acidic soils in glades, rocky, open woods, fields, and prairies.


Geogrpahical Origin: Americas - North America

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