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NC Native Plant Society:
Plant Details

Oxalis violacea

Violet Wood-sorrel

Scientific Name:

Oxalis violacea

Genus:

Oxalis

Species Epithet:

violacea

Common Name:

Violet Wood-sorrel

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Oxalidaceae (Wood-Sorrel Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Size:

1-3 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Violet

Light:

Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May, June

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Dry to moist forests (Weakley 2015). Common throughout NC.

Leaf Arrangement:

Basal

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Compound

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Has some wildlife value

Landscape Value:

Suitable for home landscapes

Flowers

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Paynter, Wilmington, April 22, 2012

Leaves

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A colonial species, often in fairly dense patches.

Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Oxalis violacea. You will likely hear them called Violet Wood-sorrel. This picture shows the  A colonial species, often in fairly dense patches. of Oxalis violacea

Bettina Darveaux

Close-up of flowers

Garden in Orange County, NC

The Scientific Name is Oxalis violacea. You will likely hear them called Violet Wood-sorrel. This picture shows the Close-up of flowers of Oxalis violacea

Bettina Darveaux

The top of the leaves can sometimes have purple variegation.

Macon County, NC

The Scientific Name is Oxalis violacea. You will likely hear them called Violet Wood-sorrel. This picture shows the  The top of the leaves can sometimes have purple variegation. of Oxalis violacea

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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