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Yellow Wood Sorrel (Oxalis stricta)

O. dillenii.
Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Yellow Wood Sorrel
Oxalis stricta

A yellow to orange dye can be obtained by boiling up the whole plant[257].

  • Medicinal Use

    An infusion of the plant has been used in the treatment of fevers, stomach cramps and nausea[257]. A poultice of the plant has been used to treat swellings[257].

  • Edible Use

    Leaves – raw or cooked[46, 61, 105]. A nice acid flavour[159], the leaves can also be chewed as a thirst quencher[183]. Use in moderation, see notes at top of sheet,

    Flowers – raw[105, 161, 183]. Added to salads.

    Young seedpods – raw[183].

    Root[105, 161, 183]. No further details.

    A lemon-flavoured drink is made from the leaves[159].

  • Cautionary Notes

    The leaves contain oxalic acid, which gives them their sharp flavour. Perfectly all right in small quantities, the leaves should not be eaten in large amounts since oxalic acid can bind up the body's supply of calcium leading to nutritional deficiency. The quantity of oxalic acid will be reduced if the leaves are cooked. People with a tendency to rheumatism, arthritis, gout, kidney stones or hyperacidity should take especial caution if including this plant in their diet since it can aggravate their condition[238].

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and plant them out in the summer. If you have enough seed it can be sown in situ during the spring.
Easily grown in a sandy soil in a warm dry position[1].
Eastern N. America – Nova Scotia to Florida and Texas. E. Asia. A rare introduction in Britain.

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*None of the information on this website qualifies as professional medical advice. Take only what resonates with your heart and use your own personal responsibility for what’s best for you. For more information [brackets] [000], see bibliography.