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Oxalis stricta

Common Yellow Wood-sorrel, Yellow Oxalis

Scientific Name:

Oxalis stricta

Genus:

Oxalis

Species Epithet:

stricta

Common Name:

Common Yellow Wood-sorrel, Yellow Oxalis

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Oxalidaceae (Wood-Sorrel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

0-1 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry

Bloom Time:

March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Sandhills, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Disturbed areas, also in a variety of natural habitats (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Not Recommended for home landscapes

Notes:

"A low spreading plant with clover-like, sour-tasting leaves and 1 to several yellow flowers.…It is especially common as a garden weed." Ladybird Johnson Wildflower Center

Flower

A pretty native with weedy tendencies, it is "now widespread nearly worldwide". - Weakley Flora

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


Bird-Friendly Native Plants



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