Oxalis acetosella L.

Syn O. montana 

Wood Sorrel White Wood-Sorrel

Names and Myths

Oxalis Greek oxys sour. The doctrine of signatures viewed the Heart shaped leaves as an indication that these plants would be good for treating all cardiac diseases.1 montana of mountains.

Natural history / Folklore

Leaves of Oxalis can be used to make a tart drink, or added to salads. Contain Oxalic acid.12 Excessive use over a long period of time may interfere with calcium uptake.20 18

Cleistogamous flowers, which do not open, are formed at the base of the plant.

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May - July White to pink flowers with deep pink veins, stamens 10; pistil 1. Basal clover like leaves. Rich damp woods.