Pale Pink-sorrel - Oxalis incarnata


    Similar to Wood-sorrel, but unlike Wood-sorrel, when the Pale Pink-sorrel flower is open, the petals flare outwards. The single flowers on single stems are a pale lilac, almost white. There are no yellow markings on the inner of the petals. The bright green leaves have three heart shaped leaflets.

    Similar Species

    Other Oxalis

    Identification difficulty
    ID guidance

    It has aerial erect stems, bearing leaves.  Most other pink or white flowered species have leafless petioles or peduncles arising from a rhizome or bulb

    Recording advice

    A specimen should be retained for verification


    Sometimes found as a garden escape and close to habitation, it may persist, at least for a while, on waste ground, walls and verges.

    When to see it

    Flowering June to September.

    Life History

    Perennial – the flowers only open fully in full sun.

    UK Status

    Widespread but not often recorded as a wild flower in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Rare or rarely recorded as a wild plant in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

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