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Oxalis grandis - Small

Common Name Great Yellow Woodsorrel
Family Oxalidaceae
USDA hardiness 5-7
Known Hazards The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].
Habitats Sandy woods, alluvial soils; 100–1100 m
Range Native to the eastern United States from Georgia north to Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, west as far as Louisiana.
Edibility Rating    (2 of 5)
Other Uses    (1 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care (info)
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Full shade Semi-shade
Oxalis grandis Great Yellow Woodsorrel


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Oxalis grandis Great Yellow Woodsorrel
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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oxalis grandis is a ANNUAL/PERENNIAL growing to 0.2 m (0ft 8in) by 0.2 m (0ft 8in) at a fast rate.
See above for USDA hardiness. It is hardy to UK zone 6.
It is noted for attracting wildlife.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: mildly acid, neutral and basic (mildly alkaline) soils. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) or semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

O. recurva Trel. [Illegitimate]. Xanthoxalis grandis (Small) Small

Plant Habitats

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers  Leaves
Edible Uses:

Leaves are tart [1-2]. Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 7, 12, 37]. A delicious lemony flavour, the leaves make a refreshing, thirst-quenching munch and are also added to salads, soups, sauces etc[183]. This leaf should be used in moderation[4, 5, 9, 76], see the notes above on toxicity. Flowers - raw. A decorative addition to salads[K].The plant can be toxic and only small amounts should be eaten. Large quantities may cause trembling, cramps, and staggering as in grazing animals.

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Medicinal Uses

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Some Oxalis species have medicinal properties but no information could be found for this species. For example Oxalis acetosella: The fresh or dried leaves are anodyne, antiscorbutic, astringent, diuretic, emmenagogue, expectorant, febrifuge, irritant and stomachic[4, 7, 9, 21]. A decoction is used in the treatment of fevers, both to quench the thirst and allay the fever[4]. Externally, the leaves are crushed and applied locally to dispel boils and abscesses, they also have an astringent affect on wounds[7]. When used internally, some caution is advised due to the oxalic acid content of the leaves[4], the plant is contra-indicated for people suffering from gastritis or a calculus condition[7].

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Other Uses

The juice of the leaves removes iron mould stains from linen[6, 66, 115]. Plants can be grown as a ground cover in woodland or under the shade of shrubs[208].

Special Uses

Food Forest  Ground Cover

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Cultivation details

Annual or perennial herb preferring shade to semi-shade and a mesic - moist to slightly dry soil. For polyculture design as well as the above-ground architecture (form - tree, shrub etc. and size shown above) information on the habit and root pattern is also useful and given here if available. The plant growth habit is a runner spreading indefinitely by rhizomes or stolons [1-2]. The root pattern is rhizomatous with underground stems sending roots and shoots along their length [1-2]. Bloom Color: Yellow. Bloom Time: May to Sep.

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Plant Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out in late spring or early summer. Division in spring. Very easy, larger divisions can be planted out direct into their permanent positions. We have found that it is better to pot up the smaller divisions and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame until they are well established before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Other Names

If available other names are mentioned here

Great yellow wood-sorrel, Great yellow wood-sorrel, Large Yellow Wood-sorrel, Oxalis Sourgrass

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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Oxalis acetosellaWood SorrelPerennial0.1 3-7 FLMHFSNM323
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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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