Pink-sorrel - Oxalis articulata


A short, tufted, hairy plant with swollen rhizomes. Leaves three lobed in terminal rosettes, leaflets heart shaped, with orange dots underneath. Flowers pink, petals 12 to 20 mm in a broad umbel like cluster.

Similar Species

There are several other pink flowered Oxalis that have escaped from gardens; they are either paler pink and with leafy stems, or have underground bulbs. They also lack the orange spots underneath the leaves.

Identification difficulty
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Usually deep pink flowers; leaves arise from rhizome at soil level.

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Bare and disturbed ground, often close to habitation.

When to see it

Flowers May to October.

Life History


UK Status

Fairly widespread casual in Britain south of the Humber, particularly in the south west and around the coasts. Elsewhere in Britain it occurs from time to time as a garden escape.

VC55 Status

Infrequent as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

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Species profile

Common names
Pink Oxalis, Pink-sorrel
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
22/05/2015 (Ruddoch, Paul)
Last record:
08/05/2022 (Mabbett, Craig)

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