Oxalis stricta

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Oxalis stricta

Yellow woodsorrel
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Binomial: Oxalis stricta
Type: Annual
Conditions: Sun to medium shade, wilts during dry periods
Seed Dispersal: Explosive capsules
Germination Time: Mid spring
Seed Banking: Short term

Yellow Woodsorrel (Oxalis stricta) is an annual woodland and meadow plant native to North America, where it is among the most common garden weeds.

Description[edit]

From late spring through autumn, it produces yellow flowers which are quickly followed by explosively opening seed capsules.

Ecology[edit]

Uses[edit]

The flowers, seed pods and leaves are edible with a taste similar to lemons, green grapes and sunshine all rolled into one.

Control[edit]

  • Mowing: The plant will regrow after mowing.
  • Pulling: It pulls easily. When pulling, be sure to put the plant into a container immediately in order to prevent further distribution of seeds.
  • Disposal: It does not compete with vegetables in garden beds. Simply pull it out and let it sit on the surface of the bed as mulch. The seeds can survive cold composting, but hot compost systems can kill off the seeds.

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