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Oxalis violacea - L.

Common Name Violet Wood Sorrel
Family Oxalidaceae
USDA hardiness 4-8
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 Woods, shaded slopes, gravelly banks and prairies[43]. Dry sandy or clay soils[159].
Range Eastern N. America - New York to Wisconsin, south to Florida.
Edibility Rating    (3 of 5)
Other Uses    (0 of 5)
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating    (1 of 5)
Care
Fully Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun
Oxalis violacea Violet Wood Sorrel


Jennifer Anderson @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database
Oxalis violacea Violet Wood Sorrel
Mark W. Skinner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Oxalis violacea is a BULB growing to 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 5. It is in flower from May to August, and the seeds ripen from July to September. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) and is pollinated by Insects.
Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers dry or moist soil.

Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Dappled Shade; Shady Edge;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Flowers;  Leaves;  Root.
Edible Uses: Drink.

Leaves - raw or cooked[2, 105, 159, 161]. The acid salty leaves are eaten raw in salads and sandwiches or cooked as a potherb[183].Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet. Flowers - raw[105, 161]. An attractive and tasty garnish for salads[183]. Root - raw or cooked[105, 161, 183, 257]. A lemon-flavoured drink is made from the leaves[159].

Medicinal Uses



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Anthelmintic;  Antiemetic;  Blood purifier;  Cancer;  Salve.

The plant is anthelmintic, antiemetic, blood purifier, cancer and salve[257]. A cold infusion is used to stop a person vomiting[257]. An infusion can be used as a blood purifier, it is said to be a treatment in the early stages of cancer[257]. An infusion of the plant is drunk and also used as a wash in treating children with hookworm[257]. An infusion of the leaves, mixed with oil, can be used as a salve on sores[257].

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Easily grown in a moisture-retentive humus-rich soil in shade or dappled sunlight[200]. Succeeds in dry soils[159]. Grows well in a wild or woodland garden[200].

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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. 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

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Found In

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Weed Potential

Right plant wrong place. We are currently updating this section. Please note that a plant may be invasive in one area but may not in your area so it’s worth checking.

Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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