Oxalis violacea

Violet Wood Sorrel, Wild Shamrock

$ 5.95

Item #: 1384

Plant Description

Wood sorrel looks like a wild shamrock. It grows in open woods in rocky, acidic soils throughout the eastern United States often around the bases of large oak trees where they may form large patches. The 2 to 3 inch tall clumps have clover-like leaves and 2/3 inch light violet-pink flowers bunched on 3-inch stalks in late spring. Flowers often close on cloudy days. By mid-summer the plants have gone dormant and disappeared, but occasionally, they will bloom again without leaves. Plants come from tiny pea-sized scaly bulbs, which spread, via thread-like runners. This is a neat plant to naturalize in average to dry soil in open shade such as among tree roots where little else will grow. Try it with alumroot, pussytoes, and columbine. A tough little plant that should be planted in masses.



Roof Garden

Deer Resistant

Native Plant

Ease of Culture

Easy to grow

Plant Type

Wildflower, Perennial

Light Exposure

Half and half

Soil Condition

Sandy, Average, Clay

Moisture Tolerance

Dry, Moderately moist

Container Size

bare root


less than 12



Flower Color

Violet, Pink


Bloom Time

Late spring



Hardiness Zones

5, 6, 7, 8