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Oxalis violacea

Native Plants

Violet Wood Sorrel

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Oxalis violacea is a spring flowering bulb that goes dormant in summer and then reappears with a surprise second bloom in the fall. This delicate ephemeral plant features attractive clover-like grey-green leaves with purplish mottling and undersides. The 5-petaled flowers are lavender to purplish-pink on 4-8” tall stems. This plant slowly colonizes in deciduous shade in either loamy or clay soils. Oxalis violacea requires an edge of the garden bed with low competition from other plants. The thin strappy leaves of Sisyrinchium angustifolium and Carex digitalis contrast nicely with the clover-like foliage of wood sorrel. Pair this with other violet blooming plants like Dodecatheon amethystinum.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-fall, early-summer, late-spring, mid-fall, mid-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
    lavender, purple 
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color