Oxalis corniculata

common yellow woodsorrel


Synonyms:  Acetosella corniculata

wildlife plant  


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: flower
Life Span: short-lived perennial
Size: Height: .2 to .3 ft    Width: 1.0 to 2.0 ft
Flower Color: flower color      yellow
Phenology: winter dormant
Noted for: Showy flowers


Propagation: Self seeds from pods that explode and throw seeds. Also spreads by rooting at the nods
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: 6.1 - 7.8


wildlife plant  
Native Habitats: disturbed areas

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


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.