Oxalis corniculata

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Common Yellow Woodsorrel


Also known as Acetosella corniculata

Plant Specifics

Size:.2 to .3 ft tall by 1.0 to 2.0 ft wide
Life Span:Short-lived perennial
Flower Color:Yellow
Fruit Color:NA
Phenology:Winter dormant
Noted for:Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Good addition to a freedom lawn.
Considerations:Will spread.
Propagation:Self seeds from pods that explode and throw seeds. Also spreads by rooting at the nods
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Loam, Sand
Soil pH:6.1 - 7.8



Nectar attracts bees, butterflies and flies.

Native Habitats:Disturbed areas

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
10A 10B 11 8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Cherokee used this plant for numerous purposes, including; food, as an infusion for hookworms and to stop vomiting, plant was chewed to relieve sore throat. It should be mentioned that the leaves contain high levels of oxalate crystals that can cause kidney stones and other kidney problems.
General Comments:Invasive in many parts of the world.  It is either a blessing or a pest in Florida depending on where it is.