Saturday, April 07, 2007

Purple Wood Sorrel

Photo by Jo
March 29, 2007

Purple Wood Sorrel (Oxalis violacea)

Both purple and yellow wood sorrel are found here, though yellow is more common. Some people like to use wood sorrel as a salad garnish because of it's sour taste, but it should be eaten in moderation if at all. The leaves and stem contain oxalic acid which can cause kidney damage.

This cluster of wood sorrel we found growing on a bluff rock top beside the path down from Jerry Joe's pasture north of our place.

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Missouri Plants
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