Pale Pink-sorrel - Oxalis incarnata

    Description

    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.

    Identification difficulty
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map