Yellow Wood Sorrel

Oxalis sp.

Also known as Sourgrass or Lemon clover because of its distinctive sour-lemon taste, yellow wood sorrel is a pretty wildflower or a ubiquitous weed, depending on your perspective and how much of it you’ve got in your yard. There are multiple species in this genus with similar characteristics, so I won’t attempt to nail this one down to species.

A common characteristic of all of the Oxalis species is the three-part, clover-like leaf that is commonly referred to as a “shamrock”.  Each leaflet in the three-part leaf has a charming heart shape (which makes them fun to pick and share with someone you love 🙂 ). Oxalis leaves fold up at night too, which gives them that special “oddness” that children enjoy discovering.  As the name implies, the 5-petalled, funnel-shaped flowers of Yellow Wood Sorrel are yellow.

There is a pinkish wood sorrel in our area.  Check out Violet Wood Sorrel too.

4 Comments Add yours

  1. thalassa says:

    Reblogged this on musings of a kitchen witch and commented:
    One of Chickadee’s favorite foraged snacks!

  2. birchnature says:

    Leading a nature camp of kids last summer, we noticed that the seedpods of yellow Woodsorrel will explode when touch, broadcasting seed. Very exciting and a great lesson in plant reproduction!

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