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Spreading Yellow Sorrel

Oxalis corniculata

Plant Data

Order:
Oxidales
Family:
Oxalidaceae (Wood Sorrel)
Flowering Months:
JAN  FEB  MAR  APR  MAY  JUN  JUL  AUG  SEP  OCT  NOV  DEC
Flowers:
Long-stalked, yellow, 5 petals. Borne in clusters and rarely solitary.
Fruit:
A narrow, cylindrical capsule, up to 2cm long.
Leaves:
Clover-like leaves. The long-stalked, compound leaves are divided into 3 leaflets. Each leaflet is heart-shaped with a notch in the end. The colour of the leaf can vary from light to dark green.
Maximum Size:
50cm tall.
Foraging Notes:
They have a sharp flavour due to the presence of oxalic acid. The leaves can be eaten, raw or cooked. The flowers can be eaten raw. Very nutritious and good in salads.
Never consume a wild plant unless you are 100% certain that it is safe to eat and you know that you have identified it correctly.
Other Names:
Creeping Red Sorrel, Creeping Wood Sorrel, Procumbent Yellow Sorrel, Sleeping Beauty.
Habitats:
Farmland, gardens, lawns, meadows, roadsides, wasteland.