Wood-sorrel - Oxalis acetosella


Low, creeping, slightly hairy plant with slender rhizomes. Leaves scattered, leaflets heart shaped. Flowers white or pale lilac, with lilac or purplish veins, solitary, bell shaped, half nodding. Petals 8 to 15 mm followed later by petalless self pollinating flowers.

Identification difficulty

Woods and shaded places, usually on humus rich soil.

When to see it

April to June.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent throughout Britain, except in parts of eastern England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland and where found, can be quite common. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 92 of the 617 tetrads.

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

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